Thursday, December 31, 2009
Summer Hours (2009)
A remarkable film from director Olivier Assayas on a subject I've never seen dealt with before: What to do with the objects of a parent when that parent dies. I've seen many films that deal with the grief of a parent passing but so much of this film is specifically about the grown childrens' decisions regarding a house and the furniture and artwork in it. It's both sentimental and unsentimental, mysterious and straightforward. And though the film is short it has all these great tangents in it, including a backstage tour of the Musee D'Orsay. As soon as I finished watching this I began to look forward to watching it again. If Inglourious Basterds had not come out this year, this would have been my favorite of 2009.