Museum Hours – DVD review

A meditation on the power of art, as a guard and visitor get to know each other in a Vienna museum

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Jem Cohen, 2012

Soda Pictures

What is the opposite of an action movie? This is. An inaction movie, it’s about the power of silence and stillness, of observation, of doing nothing but talk to one other human being.

Former rock-’n’-roller Johann (Bobby Sommer) has traded noise for quiet: he now sits all day as a guard in a Vienna museum. His slow, thoughtful conversations with visiting Anne (Mary Margaret O’Hara) are the film’s substance, apart from the beauty of visual composition which mirrors its other subject: the power of art. The Marmite of the film world, you’ll either love it or recoil.

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