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Summer Hours [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [French] [2008]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Disc One:
  • New high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Olivier Assayas and approved by Assayas and cinematographer Eric Gautier, with DTS-HD master audio soundtrack
  • 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 Musée d'Orsay, that examines the film's approach to art
  • Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones

Synopsis

Summer Hours
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. Hélène 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). Jérémie (Jérémie Renier) has taken a rare break from his globe-trotting business interests to stop by with his wife (Valérie Bonneton). And Frédéric (Charles Berling), the only one who lives close enough to visit regularly, has also come with his spouse, Lisa (Dominique Reymond). Hélène has inherited a large and valuable collection of art from her brother, and with her health beginning to fail, she approaches Frédéric and asks that he, Jérémie, and Adrienne come up with a plan to deal with the pieces after her death. Frédéric wants to keep the collection together and see if they can persuade a gallery to purchase and present them as a set. Jérémie 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 Frédéric. L'Heure d'Été (aka Summer Hours) was produced in part by the celebrated French art gallery Musée d'Orsay, and was one of a handful of films created to honor the museum in its 20th anniversary year. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Juliette Binoche
    Juliette Binoche - Adrienne
  • Charles Berling
    Charles Berling - Frederic
  • Edith Scob
    Edith Scob - Helene Berthier
  • Dominique Reymond
    Dominique Reymond - Lisa
  • Valérie Bonneton
    Valérie Bonneton - Angela
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