Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, August 02, 2013

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(Austria/USA/2012—directed by Jem Cohen)

Anne is in Vienna to visit an ailing friend. While taking a brief respite by visiting the city’s great Kunsthistorisches Art Museum, Anne makes the acquaintance of Johann, a museum security guard who helps to ground her in the history and the beauty displayed on the walls. As they gradually become friends, Anne and Johann cautiously venture together outside of the museum’s walls, exploring the city around them in a series of surprising, delicately nuanced and mesmerizingly honest conversations. The sincere and naturalistic performances by Canadian singer Mary Margaret O’Hara and non-professional actor Bobby Sommer enhance the charm and grown-up elegance of director Jem Cohen’s modestly mounted, eloquent gem of a film; without fussiness or unnecessary gloss, the smart and sophisticated Museum Hours manages the nearly miraculous feat of reminding us that certain seemingly ordinary incidents in everyday life can lead us – almost imperceptibly – into moments of life-altering transcendence. In English and German with English subtitles. (107 min.)

Museum Hours is a lasting, thoughtful pleasure in every way.” –Noah Cowan, Toronto Film Festival

“An engrossing, lightly experimental fusion of drama and documentary, full of charm intelligence and dry humor.” –Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

“A lovely, powerfully contemplative look at the transformative ability of all art.” –Eric Kohn, IndieWire

“Intriguing, beautiful and brilliantly meditative… I loved it.” –Jenni Lee, Film Threat

“The movie observes the tender, wholly believable rapport that forms between two middle-aged strangers, each isolated in his or her way but very much open to the transformative potential of unexpected encounters, with fellow human beings as well as artworks.” –Dennis Lim, The New York Times