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Museum Hours

One of the preeminent moving-image artists working today, Jem Cohen has long blurred the line between the gallery and the cinema, so it's only fitting that his uniquely pleasurable new documentary/fiction hybrid should do the same. Set largely within the Kunsthistorisches Art Museum in Vienna, Museum Hours focuses on Johann, a museum guard, and Anne, a visitor to the country who's in town tending to a sick friend. Finding refuge in the museum during her many hours alone in a strange city, Anne gradually befriends Johann. As they admire the paintings by the Old Masters that adorn the museum walls, the unlikely friends reflect on how artworks can infuse and shape their daily experiences — and perhaps even change their lives. Featuring marvellous performances by the two leads — non-professional actor Bobby Sommer and Toronto multidisciplinary artist and singer Mary Margaret O'Hara — Museum Hours is both a quietly charming human story and a moving rumination on the transformative power of art.


"Quietly amazing." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"It's a hybrid drama/art-history essay about how looking at art recasts our experience of looking at the world." - Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

""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." - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

Director: Jem Cohen
Cast: Mary Margaret O'Hara, Bobby Sommer, Ela Piplits
Year: 2012
Runtime: 106 minutes
Country: USA
Language: English
Distributor: Filmswelike

Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR


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