Siblings argue over what to do with their late mother's extensive art collection.
" A sweet pearl of a French film, Summer Hours may work as a perfect antidote for those seeking refuge from the summer blockbuster season. "
" Assayas' script is more allusive than demonstrative, with a distinct whiff of Eric Rohmer in its conversational blocks separated by fadeouts. "
" Berling, Binoche and Renier all play off each other effortlessly, and Summer Hours makes you feel comfortable spending time with their family, too. "
" Evocative look at a family trying to decide what to do with its treasures. "
" I think you should see Summer Hours. "
" If this enjoyable film is substantially more satisfying than those predecessors, it's also far less daring, a straightforward extended-family drama in the mode of last year's (more engrossing) art-house highlight A Christmas Tale. "
" In the end, Assayas, shooting the film with relaxed, flowing camera movements, gives his love not to beautiful objects but to the disorderly life out of which art is made. "
" It's a quiet but heartfelt film that has a lot to say about the allure of the past and the inevitability of change. "
" n Summer Hours, Olivier Assayas's gently provocative rumination on family and possessions, a trio of siblings wrestles with the problem of what to do with the old homestead once Mother is gone. "
" One realizes the real dramatic conflict is between the past, which must be honored, and the present, which must be lived. "
" Performances in this small and profoundly eloquent film are superb, yet none redirects attention from Assayas's earnest meditation on the ravaging effects of a shrinking world on family traditions and entrenched personal relationships. "
" Quietly and keenly observed. "
" Summer Hours begins with an energetic treasure hunt. It ends reminding us how our lives are spent learning and unlearning what is to be treasured. "
" The actors all find the correct notes. It is a French film, and so they are allowed to be adult and intelligent. "
" The texture and flow of Summer Hours, the supple quality of the acting, the fluid camerawork isolating this or that observer while life flows on and domestic crises ebb and flow -- it all comes together as formidably detailed and easy-breathing cra "
" This is a movie that, for all its once-over-lightliness, stays with one. Given what it's about, and the intelligence of its makers, how could it not? "
" This is a well constructed, tender, authentic story. "
" Where a Hollywood film of a family feuding over a fabulous estate would surely end with a slapped face and an infantry charge of lawyers, Assayas's work concludes with a smile and a shrug. Life goes on. What else can it do? "
" You won't find filmmaking more assured, commanding and evocative than that of Summer Hours in its opening scenes. "
" While the ideas are worth considering, director Olivier Assayas moves the story at an escargot's pace, and the characters are gossamer thin. "
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