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Museum Hours2012

  • 4.0
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.

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Magical and masterful. The characters are a refreshing departure from the usual flat stereotypes - both have an inner life felt more than spoken. The final sequence is an eloquent, impassioned argument for the importance of cinema as an art form and an open acknowledgement of the power (just as in the guided tour scene within the museum) of a guiding voice to welcome - but also shape - the viewer's interpretation and engagement with the image.

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Magical and masterful. The characters are a refreshing departure from the usual flat stereotypes - both have an inner life felt more than spoken. The final sequence is an eloquent, impassioned argument for the importance of cinema as an art form and an open acknowledgement of the power (just as in the guided tour scene within the museum) of a guiding voice to welcome - but also shape - the viewer's interpretation and engagement with the image.

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This film was a soothing, splendid, sensuous bounty of calm, contemplative mindfulness of aesthetics along with the comfort of these characters' conversations and caring.

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It looked like a combination of a doc and a travelogue. Must have been hard to get those indoor shots in the museum. I guess they might welcome a bilingual guard--very cosmopolitan. With a chair to rest his legs.

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Jem Cohen's film constantly keeps itself just barely from slipping off the high wire to its death in a sea of tedium and academic pretension. It is the quiet and realistic performances by the two lead actors that allow the film to come to life. When visually beautiful study turns toward humanity -- it is breathtaking.

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In some ways, a love song to Fellini's Roma, especially the ending, and visual storytellers everywhere.

Tried too hard! I found it a bit pretentious.