- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 43 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: April 20, 2010
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Disc One:
- New high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Olivier Assayas and approved by Assayas and cinematographer Eric Gautier
- New and improved English subtitle translation
- Disc Two
- New video interview with Assayas
- Making-of documentary featuring interviews with Assayas and actors Charles Berling and Juliette Binoche, and showing the cast and crew on set
- Inventory, an hour-long documentary by Olivier Goinard, shot partly in Paris's Musée d'Orsay, that examines the film's approach to art
- Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - French
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Total Film - 02/01/2009
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]ough, tender and very talky. Intimately observed and told with an inquisitive, prodding camera..."
Box Office - 04/23/2009
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] masterful movie....Assayas presents a contemplative etude on the passage of time and the markings of material and spiritual loss."
Entertainment Weekly - 05/22/2009
"Director Oliver Assayas' tender, sun-kissed, Chekhovian drama brims with life and loveliness even as it meditates on the loss of childhood." -- Grade: A
New York Times - 05/15/2009
"[An] extraordinary film....Packed nearly to bursting with rich meaning and deep implications."
USA Today - 05/15/2009
3 stars out of 4 -- "This bittersweet meditation on familial bonds, the passage of youth and the merits of tradition is deeply nuanced and strikes just the right emotional notes....The four main portrayals are outstanding, so natural and believable that you are drawn in to their story immediately."
A.V. Club - 05/14/2009
"SUMMER HOURS has an appealingly lyrical look, and is well-acted by a cast of French cinema vets..." -- Grade: B+
Chicago Sun-Times - 05/20/2009
3 stars out of 4 -- "What happens is that the film builds its emotional power by stealth, indirectly, refusing to be a tearjerker, always realistic, and yet observing how very sad it is to see a large part of your life disappear."
Washington Post - 05/22/2009
"[A] warmhearted family drama....The lineage of SUMMER HOURS, with its exploration of the changing traditions of family life, stretches all the way back to Chekhov..."
Wall Street Journal - 05/29/2009
"Much of SUMMER HOURS, which was shot by the excellent Eric Gautier, feels like a Chekhov play and resonates like Schubert quartet; it's a work of singular loveliness."
Los Angeles Times - 06/04/2009
"SUMMER HOURS proves a sharply incisive, yet poignant look at how we decide what bits of our past to keep and what to let go of."
USA Today - 12/31/2009
Ranked #10 in USA Today's "Top Ten Films Of 2009."
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