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Summer Hours (French: L'Heure d'été) is a 2008 French drama film directed by Olivier Assayas. It is the second in a series of films produced by Musée d'Orsay, after Flight of the Red Balloon. In the film, two brothers and a sister witness the disappearance of their childhood memories when they must relinquish the family belongings to ensure their deceased mother's succession.

Summer Hours
L'Heure d'été (2008 film) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byOlivier Assayas
Produced byCharles Gillibert
Marin Karmitz
Nathanaël Karmitz
Written byOlivier Assayas
StarringJuliette Binoche
Charles Berling
Jérémie Renier
Kyle Eastwood
CinematographyEric Gautier
Edited byLuc Barnier
Distributed byMK2 Productions
Release date
  • 5 March 2008 (2008-03-05)
Running time
103 minutes
Budget$3.4 million
Box office$2.7 million[1]

The film received its United States premiere on October 1, 2008, at the 46th New York Film Festival. The Criterion Collection released a special edition of the film on April 20, 2010.

The film was named the ninth "Best Film of the 21st Century So Far" in 2017 by The New York Times.[2]




Principal photography began in Paris on June 4 and was completed on July 27, 2007.

The film was known under the working titles Souvenirs du Valois and Printemps Passé.


Summer Hours was a critical triumph. It received 93% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes,[3] and was one of the most highly decorated foreign-language films in the United States in 2009. The film won and was nominated for numerous critics' awards:

Édith Scob was nominated for a César Award for her portrayal of Hélène.


  1. ^ "L\'Heure d\'ete (Summer Hours) (2008) - JPBox-Office".
  2. ^ Dargis, Manohla; Scott, A.O. "The 25 Best Films of the 21st Century...So Far". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  3. ^ "L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours) (2009)" – via

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