Summer Hours” is one of Olivier Assayas’ best illustrations of his unique skills. His movie is that which exist at the moment described by the inner psychological struggles afflicting his characters. For the case of “Summer Hours”, the film introduces us to two brothers and a sister- Rederic (Charles Berling), and Jeremie (Jeremie Renier), and Adrienne (Juliette Binoche), who are grown up siblings. These three must get together at their late father’s countryside home and come up with resolutions of a lifetime of possessions. There, chaos will be unveiled since each of the siblings has his or her own point of view just like Hélène, who happens to be the family matriarch. “Summer Hours” is the perfect setting for a close look at the way that memory drains through several generations, even though it may seem to freeze in time within a single location. Assayas delivers a sophisticated project, quite different from his other films. The film is well illustrated centered on nature of ownership and the personal dimensions that possessions result in overtime. Some may describe the film as simple for its own good, but definitely has a style to deliver. The film comes as the second installment in a series of films by Musée d’Orsay.
Summer Hours (2008)
Artists are always lost in a world of their own. Maybe that is prerequisite for being the great creators of art that they are. The film ‘Something in the Air’ lets us get a feel for the life, the ambition and the aspirations of a young French artist, Gill Played by Clement Metayer. He is a man who lives life according to his own terms and his terms are very clear: art, peace, and love. His apartment reflects the physical chaos he would like to stay in: the paintings are strewn all over, the colors, the papers all spread out and nothing else can be seen in there, well that’s the chaos behind the artist’s beautiful creations. But destiny doesn’t always follow our heart’s desire. The company of his friends and his trip to Italy coerces him to be involved in the brawls and violence. To add to the pandemonium, he realizes that he has fallen in love with a girl called Christine. He would rather enjoy his creativity and his new found love, but he gets involved in violence and disharmony. The film has been directed under the expertise of Olivier Assayas. It is not a surprise that it was shortlisted for the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival. The film was also accredited with the best screenplay award.
Something in the Air (2012)
History repeats itself. The past catches with us. Sometimes our past life comes out of the shadows to haunt us endlessly. Alone in this predicament, we are unable to either fight or seek the help from others as it is a battle with oneself. The extraordinary ordeal which the veteran actress goes through. It is a story about Juliette Binoche, an actress who is in her middle ages. Past comes haunting when she is offered the role of main the play which gave a kick-start to her career two decades ago. The difference is that at that time she was offered the role of a young girl called Sigrid. Now, she is offered the role of the older woman, Helena. The characters of the play are shown to be in a turbulent relationship and end on a tragic note when Helena ends her life after learning that
Sigrid has used her for her ulterior motives. She agrees to portray the character but as soon as she starts enacting it, she realizes that the play is copying the real life she is leading. What transpires between the characters can be evidently felt between Juliette and her young assistant Kristen Stewart. The flawless performance by the actresses of substance and the directorial genius of Olivier Assayas earned them many awards. Loius Dellec Award for Best Film, Cesar Award for Best Supporting Actress is to name a few. It was nominated for Palme d’Or awards and was screened at the Cannes Film Festival 2014.