Tuesday, September 9, 2008

TIFF 08: L' Heure d'été

L' Heure d'été begins with a simple shot of a summer house that seems to drift to seem like it will fade out but it still drifts until finally we get that fadeout and see the associated presences in the house. We see Hélène (Edith Scob) the elderly owner of the house who is celebrating her seventy third birthday with her three children, Jérémie (Jérémie Renier), Frédéric (Charles Berling) and Adrienne (Juliette Binoche). Soon in the visit Hélène pulls Frédéric aside to discuss the handling of her estate of many pieces of art after she dies. Then soon after comes the next fadeout this time of Hélène. We then drift into the effects of her death and the painful selling of her estate. This is one of the most powerful and affecting films of the TIFF this year. Fadeout.

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