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'Summer Hours' offers thoughts on estate sales

A few months ago my wife and I went to an estate sale. It disturbed me.

Bargain hunters poking through a deceased person’s treasures seems cheap. Someone’s life shouldn’t boil down to a garage sale. It is just very wrong.

The experience lingered in the back of my mind as I caught Summer Hours. Three adult children have to split their mother’s estate.

Her art treasures and antiques are priceless. So are some of the memories her children and grandchildren have of life in her secluded home. Trapped in 21st century reality, the kids have gone their own ways. One to China. Another to the U.S. The oldest child stayed in France.

That’s the set-up. What was paradise to the parent is a burden to the kids. A treasure to one is junk to another. Even in a close-knit family, one person’s loves and memories aren’t quite like another’s.

While not quite that cut and dried, or as obvious, writer/director Oliver Assayas lets you let your mind wander. Some will come to my estate sale conclusion. Others will see different lessons.

That’s the beauty of Summer Hours, and thanks to Battelle Film Club, you get a chance to see it.

Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars

Not rated, probably PG-13. It plays one time only, 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at the Battelle Auditorium.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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