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Summer Hours (2d-L'Heure d'Été)

Director(s): Olivier Assayas

Theatrical Release: 2008

Cast: Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling, Jeremie Renier, Edith Scob, Dominique Reymond, Valerie Bonneton

Genre(s): Drama, Family, Criterion Collection, Dean's List

Countries: France


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Running Time: 103m.

Three siblings must come to terms with their mother's mortality as they decide what to do with her valuable belongings in this warm family drama from filmmaker Olivier Assayas. HTlFne Berthier (Edith Scob) is about to turn 75, and her children are gathering at her home in the country for a party. Adrienne (Juliette Binoche) has flown in from New York City, where she lives with her boyfriend, James (Kyle Eastwood). JTrTmie (JTrTmie Renier) has taken a rare break from his globe-trotting business interests to stop by with his wife (ValTrie Bonneton). And FrTdTric (Charles Berling), the only one who lives close enough to visit regularly, has also come with his spouse, Lisa (Dominique Reymond). HTlFne has inherited a large and valuable collection of art from her brother, and with her health beginning to fail, she approaches FrTdTric and asks that he, JTrTmie, and Adrienne come up with a plan to deal with the pieces after her death. FrTdTric wants to keep the collection together and see if they can persuade a gallery to purchase and present them as a set. JTrTmie and Adrienne have other ideas, but as he's pondering a business opportunity in China and she's planning on settling in America for good, they don't have as much influence over the final decision as FrTdTric. L'Heure d'+tT (aka Summer Hours) was produced in part by the celebrated French art gallery MusTe d'Orsay, and was one of a handful of films created to honor the museum in its 20th anniversary year. (allmovie.com)

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2-DVD Criterion Collection Set #513 Special Features:

! New high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Olivier Assayas and approved by Assayas and cinematographer Eric Gautier

! New and improved English subtitle translation

! New video interview with Assayas

! Making-of documentary featuring interviews with Assayas and actors Charles Berling and Juliette Binoche, and showing the cast and crew on set

! Inventory - an hour-long documentary by Olivier Goinard, shot partly in Paris's MusTe d'Orsay, that examines the film's approach to art
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