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Film, Old money meets a new world in Olivier Assayas' <i>Summer Hours</i>

Old money meets a new world in Olivier Assayas' Summer Hours

Throughout his career, festival favorite Olivier Assayas has alternated between meta-pop, sometimes lurid, neo–New Wave genre flicks and their antithesis — genteel, talk-driven ensemble dramas. With Summer Hours, the 54-year-old director brings it all back home, staging a tactical retreat…
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Film, Floating Life

Floating Life

About a thousand movies ago, I made the truculent, unprovable assertion that if Chinese grandmaster Hou Hsiao-hsien were French, he'd be a household name. Now the moment of truth arrives with Hou's Flight of the Red Balloon — set in…
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