Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Olivier Assayas|
|Produced by||Charles Gillibert
|Written by||Olivier Assayas|
|Editing by||Luc Barnier|
|Distributed by||MK2 Productions|
|Running time||103 minutes|
Summer Hours (French: L'Heure d'été) is a 2008 French drama film directed by Olivier Assayas. It is the second in a series of films produced by Musée d'Orsay, after Flight of the Red Balloon. In the film, two brothers and a sister witness the disappearance of their childhood memories when they must relinquish the family belongings to ensure their deceased mother's succession.
The film received its United States premiere on October 1, 2008, at the 46th New York Film Festival.
The Criterion Collection released a special edition of the film on April 20, 2010.
Principal photography began in Paris on June 4 and was completed on July 27, 2007.
The film was known under the working titles Souvenirs du Valois and Printemps Passé.
Summer Hours was a critical triumph. It received 93% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, and was one of the most highly-decorated foreign-language films in the United States in 2009. The film won and was nominated for numerous critics' awards:
- Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Language Film
- New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Language Film
- Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Foreign Language Film
- National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Language Film
- Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Foreign Language Film
- Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards
- Chicago Film Critics Association Awards (nominated)
- Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Foreign Language film (nominated)
- Houston Film Critics Society Awards (nominated)
- Online Film Critics Society Awards (nominated)
- Denver Film Critics Society (nominated)
- Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards (nominated)
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