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)
“Cache” is a story about a TV host George (Daniel Auteuil) and his wife Anne (Juliet Binoche). The two pursue to find the origin of voyeuristic videotapes sent via mail to their home begins as a Hitchcockian thriller. However, their attempt slowly develops into a complex meditation on modern French history. Also, we learn that the solution to the mystery somehow stretches back to George’s life as a child. Now an adult, the man confronts George and his family, revealing one of the most captivating and shocking events ever filmed. Yves Caumon, who directs and also writes the film manages to illustrate a perfect past horror that returns to the present to deal with the concerned. The end of the film lies open and indicates that the strange circumstances may never be dealt with. However, it manages to connect different generations in a unique way. Cache won numerous awards, one going to the director, best film among others. The French psychological thriller generally received positive views and Haneke’s direction was tremendously praised. It is current’s one of BBC’s greatest films.
The bourgeois family- Fabrice Luchini, Juliette Binoche and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi have just moved in for the summer. There is nothing they desire than their cliff-top villa when it comes to enjoying the beautiful Slack Bay. This eccentric and extended Van Peteghem family is later interrupted by the arrival of two talkative inspectors, Machin and Malfoy. During their first investigation, they learn that the Slack Bay must have been the cause of the tourists’ disappearance. This is an unusual site and in the real sense, it is an estuary. The region is surrounded by several oyster farmers, fishermen and the bourgeois family, referred to as the ferrymen of the Slack Bay. The entire community gets concerned about the disappearance of the tourists. As though that isn’t enough, their safety is also in question. However, it is not long that love develops between the son of a local fisherman and the family’s genderqueer teen. Slack Bay is a unique and an entertaining film. It brings us Ma Loute (Brandon Lavieville), a scion of the Brufort family with a soulful gaze. It is a mixture of love, passion, and rage.
Slack Bay (2016)
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.
Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)
Inspired by Roland Barthes, ‘Let the Sunshine In’ has got every quality of capturing your eyes and heart. The single woman has been through a lot, and currently, she is unable to come up with a resolution of either searching for that ‘one guy’ or leave without the actual pleasures as every man around her seems not to offer what he must. It is due to that, that Isabelle heads out to a relationship therapist, a guy with his own stories. He urges Isabelle to open up and an in the middle of the conversation, the therapist suggests himself as a possible partner. When we are to turn around, Isabelle is also involved in several relationships; one with a banker- a handsome, but a disorganized guy, an artist who is sensitive, and a sexy guy who dances with her in a bar occasionally to others. To add to that, Isabelle is still involved with her ex-husband, a guy who has got a different sexual taste that Isabelle hates. What could be the final decision for this young woman as she searches for true love?