Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Summer Hours

...a film premiering later in the year, is a European take on the downfall of a family homestead. Adrienne (Juliette Binoche) is a successful designer in New York City. Frédéric (Charles Berling) is an economics professor in Paris. Jérémie (Jérémie Renier) is a prosperous businessman in China. The three of them come together with the unexpected death of their mother, who is heiress to a grand country estate with its valuable art collection. They look back with fondness, upon memories of a childhood that gave them a sense of rootedness, albeit one long taken for granted. With this coming together, they must now come to grips with the farewell to that childhood, their differences with one another, and the inevitability of change.

The season we commemorate this week -- the cross, the tomb, the rising again -- are reminders of the passages that confront all of us, as we look to the inevitable, to a part of us dying, that we may one day rise again.

No comments: