Wednesday, June 21

Olivier Assayas - Summer Hours (2009)

"In a literal, almost banal sense, Olivier Assayas’s 'Summer Hours' is a movie about an inheritance. Hélène Berthier (Edith Scob), a silver-haired matriarch enthroned among her children and grandchildren at the beginning of the film, leaves behind a charming country house and a cherished art collection, and her heirs, as is normal, must figure out what to do with it all after her death. Hélène’s eldest son, Frédéric (Charles Berling), wants to keep everything as it is, so that the next generation can gather at the old place and appreciate Grandma’s stuff. But Frédéric’s sister, Adrienne (Juliette Binoche), and their younger brother, Jérémie (Jérémie Renier), who live abroad (she in the United States, he in China with his wife and three children), would rather sell the house and most of what is in it, donating the best of the paintings, pieces of furniture and sundry knickknacks to the Musée d’Orsay. ..."
NY Times - Sorting Out an Inheritance: Three Siblings Dissect the Stuff of Life
Film Comment
Criterion (Video)
W - Summer Hours
NY Times: The 25 Best Films of the 21st Century. So Far.