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About the Movie
Acclaimed filmmaker Jem Cohen’s new feature, Museum Hours, is a mesmerizing tale of two adrift strangers who find refuge in Vienna’s grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum. Johann, a museum guard, spends his days silently observing both the art and the visitors. Anne, suddenly called to Vienna from overseas, has been wandering the city in a state of limbo. A chance meeting sparks a deepening connection that draws them through the halls of the museum and the streets of the city. The exquisitely photographed Museum Hours is an ode to the bonds of friendship, an exploration of an unseen Vienna, and the power of art to both mirror and alter our lives.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 64
- Fresh: 60
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 7.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Difficult to describe but not to enjoy.
Fresh: Sommer is perfect. So is O'Hara. This is the "Before Sunrise" for a very different (and platonic) pair of individuals.
Fresh: One of the world's great art museums, the Kunsthistoriches is the true star of the movie "Museum Hours."
Fresh: "Museum Hours" is every bit as masterfully conceived and executed as the art works that serve as the film's lively cast of supporting characters.
Very Beautiful Film
An absolutely beautiful work of art. A film that dares to pause, look and reflect on the connections between high and popular culture, refinement and brutishness, friendship and loss, and the echoes of life across time.
Don't miss this amazing film
I'll let the Washington Post sum up this truly incredible film: "An exhilarating journey through art and life... Like any collection of works of art, 'Museum Hours' can be enjoyed on a multitude of levels: as a chance to see the Kunsthistorische’s riches; as yet another travelogue of Vienna (joining a film tradition that spans “The Third Man” and “Before Sunrise”); as an unorthodox love story; as a slice of rootless, cosmopolitan life; as an experiment in rigorously un-coercive cinema. Whether viewers take one or all of these perspectives, they’ll come away from 'Museum Hours' with a refreshed sense of their own world, bursting with questions about what we choose to elevate as art and how we might identify the poetic contours of our own lives."
Ways of Seeing
I do not understand why some people rate this movie with one star. May be they think that independent films are a sub-genre of Hollywood movies, like zombie-movies or so on. It seems that the unique thinking is now polluting another way of seeing...
Of course it is not a coincidence to summarize this film with the title of this review, because the director acknowledges John Berger for talking with him. Said that, you could imagine what this portrait is about: loneliness, solidarity, and human scale in a fragmented world. Worth to see it. Worth to share it.