Summer Hours (2008)

This review was originally published at Image.-Olivier Assayas’ beautiful new movie Summer Hours begins as three successful, well-educated siblings reunite in the backyard of the rural French house where they grew up. They’re celebrating their mother’s birthday with a leisurely party on her beautiful property.And yet their mother Hélène (Edith Scob)—whose family history is full of art-making and art acquisition—is jumpy and distracted. She’s nearing the end of her life, and everyone i … [Read more...]

In the Olympics of Stupid Movie Ideas, America Keeps Winning Gold.

So, the filmmaker Olivier Assayas makes a beautiful, poetic film called Summer Hours, which ends up among the handful of movies most celebrated by critics in 2009.It's hard to find any fault with it. It explores a broad array of subjects - art history, nostalgia, globalism, family ties - and it does so because of its particularity. It is grounded in the experience of a specific family, deeply rooted in French history and tradition, and considers the influence of the European Union (EU) on … [Read more...]

Hello, Pittsburgh, I’m On the Air

This week, on Pittsburgh's WORD-FM, John Hall and Kathy Emmons are talking with special guests about Christianity and culture. And I got to join the party. Want to hear our on-the-air chat? … [Read more...]

“Summer Hours”: Juliette Binoche Returns.

Is there any better big screen actress working today than Juliette Binoche? I'd like to hear your idea of who you think has a better record of great performances... in great films.Last year, she showed up in Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Flight of the Red Balloon and astonished me again. This year, it's Oliver Assayas' Summer Hours, which a few friends have already highly recommended to me. I can't wait.Fans of the Dardennes Brothers should note: Jérémie Renier is in this film as well.You … [Read more...]


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