When a Vienna museum guard befriends an enigmatic visitor, the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum becomes a mysterious crossroads which sparks explorations of their lives, the city, and the ways artworks reflect and shape the world.
In the Kunsthistorisches Art Museum in Vienna, Johann is a security guard who finds a special quiet magic at the institution. One day, a Canadian woman arrives on a compassionate visit to the city, and the two strike up a friendship through their appreciation of art. That relationship helps put all the other goings on at the museum and in the city in perspective as Johann observes and participates in them in a world where art can say so much more than a casual visitor might know. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This movie epitomizes the phrase "self-indulgent filmmaker"
For no apparently strong reason, a Montreal freelancer who can't afford it drops everything to fly to Vienna to be by the side of a cousin she hasn't seen for a very long time who has dropped into a coma. The Canadian has never been to Vienna and speaks no German. She's alone. During a trip to an art museum she meets an aging security guard and they develop a friendship as they explore the art in the museum, especially paintings by Bruegel, and some of the simpler pleasures of Vienna in the gray of winter.
Over numerous scenes in the museum, in the hospital, and in the city, nothing much happens but there's a lot of talk. What's the filmmaker saying with this film? Undoubtedly, part of the message is that real life imitates Bruegel's art. Part of the message is that life happens slowly, a little at a time. Unfortunately, these messages also come very slowly, as though sent by the filmmaker in Morse code.
I watched this movie with two close friends on a fall Sunday afternoon and we all had the same reaction to this movie. In the end, you would be well to classify this as a true "art" film, in more ways than one.
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