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Museum Hours (2012)

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When a Vienna museum guard befriends an enigmatic visitor, the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum becomes a mysterious crossroads that sparks explorations of their lives, the city, and the ways in which works of art reflect and shape the world.

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Mary Margaret O'Hara ...
Anne
Bobby Sommer ...
Johann
Ela Piplits ...
Gerda - Visiting Lecturer
Marcus O'Hara ...
Bruegel Tour Group
Deborah Gzesh ...
Bruegel Tour Group
Marco Calamita ...
Bruegel Tour Group
Nina Calamita ...
Bruegel Tour Group
Sigrid Mölg ...
Bruegel Tour Group
Evelyne Egerer ...
Bruegel Tour Group
Gerda Hartl ...
Museum Visitor
Ivo Hunek ...
Museum Visitor
Anna Maria Innerhofer ...
Museum Visitor
Anna Nowak ...
Museum Visitor
Michaela Buchegger ...
Museum Visitor
Hellmut Goebl ...
Museum Visitor
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In the Kunsthistorisches Art Museum in Vienna, Johann is a security guard who finds a special quiet magic there. One day, a Canadian woman arrives to 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 (kchishol@rogers.com)

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$29,435 (USA) (28 June 2013)

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$83,725 (USA) (5 July 2013)
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Johann: And I also play poker, sometimes at the café, but even more often online.
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Never, No
Written and Performed by Mary Margaret O'Hara
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Elegant Post-Modern Masterpiece
21 September 2013 | by (Berkeley) – See all my reviews

Museum Hours is a masterfully filmed discourse on contemporary and historic human life. Seen through the simple, immediate eyes of the protagonists, great artwork, discussions about it and the ordinary mundane activity of life and death, collide to remind us of our shared humanity. Then underneath all of this we see the artist's eye looking and seeing art everywhere: What it picks out in a world of detritus and makes rare. How it levels us and makes us profound.

I hadn't heard of Jem Cohen before, but he is a fantastic filmmaker! Museum Hours reminds me of My Dinner with Andre without the warmth of Wally Shawn. But with the same intelligence and intimacy, inviting us into a visionary world where the watcher becomes an actor in the drama of conversation. I love movies like this, where the director thinks deeply about the audience, about his discussion with us, about what he is saying, communicating to us, and who hopes- who cares--that we hear him.


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