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Summer Hours Three grown siblings (Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling, and Jérémie Renier) divide up the well-loved art collection of their late mother (elegant Edith Scob) in preparation…
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Summer Hours

Three grown siblings (Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling, and Jérémie Renier) divide up the well-loved art collection of their late mother (elegant Edith Scob) in preparation for selling her country house. Summer Hours, director Olivier Assayas' tender, sun-kissed, Chekhovian drama, brims with life and loveliness even as it meditates on the loss of childhood. The shimmering production, with its sophisticated appreciation of the objets accrued over a fortunate lifetime (and its perceptive examination of generational bonds), was conceived out of a project to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Paris' Musée d'Orsay. (Available on cable May 20 via IFC on demand) A

Originally posted May 13, 2009 Published in issue #1048 May 22, 2009 Order article reprints