Summer Hours

From the desk of The Movie Snob

Summer Hours (B). This French movie got a rave review from the Dallas Morning News. When the film opens, a woman is celebrating her 75th birthday with her three children and several grandchildren. She is a widow and has devoted her life to a fine collection of art, and she takes her oldest child, Frederic, aside to share her thoughts of mortality and her feelings about what should happen to the collection when she dies. He resists, but a year later she has died, and the rest of the film is mostly how the three siblings (including Juliette Binoche, Certified Copy, as the only daughter) deal with her death and the liquidation of her estate. It is a quiet, thoughtful movie, and I definitely enjoyed it. But I can’t say it really stirred me or anything like The Savages did.

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3 comments on “Summer Hours

  1. […] about a French teacher trying to deal with a very fractious and multicultural classroom. Also, Summer Hours, a French movie that’s just a simple little family drama, […]

  2. […] this movie, but I found that I only liked it—and half-heartedly at that.  Juliette Binoche (Summer Hours) stars as Maria Enders, a successful French actress of a certain age who lately has “gone […]

  3. […] alone in the small town where they live, he meets and falls for a charming woman (Juliette Binoche, Summer Hours). He goes back to his parents’ house, his brother Mitch arrives, and Mitch’s new girlfriend […]

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