Friday, March 5, 2010

Summer Hours

I had read reviews of this film when I was in New York for the summer. Never found the time to find my way to the theatre. There has been a bit of a delay in the DVD release. The Criterion Collection will be releasing the film in a couple months. By chance, the Sundance Channel had a showing two weeks ago. I recorded, but only found the time to watch it this evening.

I expected a family drama based on the dysfunctions and relationships of three siblings after the death of the mother. Somehow the film slightly captures this, but the film is larger. The family is just a model. The story is everything surrounding.

The film is a discussion on age. The need and want of 'things' as new generations are born. And, with this need for 'things' comes a disrespect for 'things.' The constant change over to something bigger, better and the easy access to so much is partial focus of the film. The 'things' the aged hold close vs. those 'things' the youth glance over.

Also, the film is a discussion of art. Of aesthetic. Of creativity lost and inspiration no longer growing. There are such lovely little ideas, references, glimpses of the art world from the view of the artist and the artist's family.

The film tends to wander. Lots of little conversations. Little hints of disagreement. Quick views of family arguments. None of this is for the purpose of emotion. Just for the purpose of exhibit. The need to display the interactions of a contemporary family. There is a complexity so carefully touched on throughout the film.


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