I was just in NYC this weekend and I can't believe I missed seeing Summer Hours, an apparently wonderful story about three French siblings dealing with the disposition of their mother's estate. Kate told me about it Sunday night (too late for me to see given my upstate schedule), and then another friend told me about it today. I now have it as one of my highest priorities on my next movies' list.
In lieu of seeing it, I went to the reviews. A.G. Scott's NY Times review is a rave and other reviews I've found are similar in their high praise. Scott notes that "one of Mr. Assayas’s themes is the way that inanimate things accrue value, sentimental and otherwise — the curious alchemy that transforms certain objects into art."
I also loved this article (and not just for its title) -- Familial Bric a Brac by Dennis Lim -- in a Summer Movies summary back in May.
I wish we could all see Summer Hours before we start the Oswego meetings, but whether we see it before or after (or never), it's nice to know that someone has taken the care to explore how to deal with the emotions of "life goes on" with grace and intelligence.
It can be either homework or vindication.
PS: I tried to get it on Netflix, but it's a new release and while they know about it, they can;t supply it yet. If anybody has any ideas about how to get a DVD or live stream copy before next weekend, let's hear 'em.