2008. France. Olivier Assayas. 102 min.
Thursday, December 31, 2009, 4:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2008. France. Written and directed by Olivier Assayas. With Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling, Jeremie Renier, Edith Scob. Don’t let the title fool you—this film is set in the sunshine, but it's truly a winter tale. Sensing her own mortality, a grandmother gathers her family together and explains the significance of her country house and the beautiful art objects and memories within. When she dies (as the filmmaker’s mother did a few months before shooting began), her three children, two of whom are parents themselves, must decide on what’s to be done with the state. Assayas describes his film as one in which characters “are lost in the void of the unreachable past,” but the film itself is weightless, airy, and, as A. O. Scott wrote in his New York Times review, “quietly ravishing.” Courtesy IFC Films. In French; English subtitles. 102 min.