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Summer Hours Gone

Summer Hours Gone

Real lasting beauty is rare in this world. Beauty with a foundation, with potential for lasting traditions for generations to come is rare. When you find those things, when you’re lucky enough to be born into a connection with those things, don’t let it go. I kept saying that as I watched “Summer Hours,” a very moving, poignant film about family, loss and the complexity of modern life. Don’t let go!! That house!! It’s wonderful, old, thoroughly lived in, big,…

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The Flight of the Red Balloon

The Flight of the Red Balloon

Just watched Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s wonderful film, The Flight of the Red Balloon. Set in a glowing, shadowy, geometric and abstract Paris, it stars Juliette Binoche as Suzanne, and Simon Iteanu as her son Simon. Simon’s nanny, a young film student from China, is played by Song Fang. I’m not sure who plays the red flotation device. The film is a homage to Albert Lamorisse’s 1956 classic, The Red Balloon, but doubles and echoes and adds new layers. The nanny shoots…

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