Watch: Museum Hours 2012 123movies, Full Movie Online – In the Kunsthistorisches Art Museum in Vienna, Johann is a security guard who finds a special quiet magic there. One day, a Canadian woman arrives to visit to the city, and the two strike up a friendship through their appreciation of art. That relationship helps put all the other goings-on at the museum and in the city in perspective, as Johann observes and participates in them in a world where art can say so much more than a casual visitor might know..
Plot: The most famous Museum in Vienna appears in the film as a mysterious intersection where the characters explore their own lives, the city and how art reflects the world.
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Slow? That’s what it’s about.
I left the theater in a sort of observational trance, and vowed to get to the Metropolitan Museum ASAP and back to Vienna as soon as I can.
I’ll admit I’m kind of like the characters in the film. If you are a 13 year old boy whose favorite movie is The Transformers this might not be for you. Then again, you might learn something. There isn’t much plot and there isn’t much conflict but it isn’t about plot or conflict. It’s about art and life and to me it wasn’t irritatingly slow at all and I wouldn’t have cut a second. The pace and observational tone of the film are necessary to what it’s about.
The two nonactor main character actors do a wonderful job. They aren’t called on to do a lot off complex stuff, and maybe they wouldn’t cut it as Martha and George, but they are perfect here.
The film has a lot to say about art and life, without being in any way didactic. The only part that I had the least impatience with was the scene with the somewhat annoying curator lecturing a group, although it did serve its purpose of making some points about the art while revealing a bit about the observers of art as well. There is also one scene that stands out in its sudden deviation from the flat observational realism of the rest of the film into a bit of symbolic surrealism but it’s not without meaning either.
Most of the film is about quiet introspective moments. One scene that isn’t is of Johann and Anne joining in with patrons at the bar drinking and dancing to ethnic music on Immigrant Night. (Really, I think that’s what they called it). Later, thinking about Breugel’s Peasant Wedding…
Slow-paced, art-house indie, with weak plot, still has its charms, with steady focus on famed Viennese Art Museum
Jem Cohen’s ‘Museum Hours’ has all the hallmarks of a typical indie ‘art-house’ production: slow-paced, intellectual and attempting to draw that important connection between life and art.
The plot is perhaps the film’s weakest link. The protagonist is ‘Anne’ who doesn’t have much of a back story. What we do find out is that Anne is Canadian and needs to borrow money from a friend so she can visit a long-lost cousin in Vienna, who is dying from a terminal illness.
The cousin never wakes up from the coma she’s in and we find out nothing about her at all. Anne’s desire to visit her cousin is basically a device to move her to Vienna where she visits the Kunsthistorisches Art Museum and meets a kindly tour guide, Johann.
Johann ends up serving as the film’s narrator, commenting on the various paintings and other works of art in the museum. He also shows Anne around Vienna and comforts her when her cousin passes away.
A good part of the film focuses on the paintings of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, which are housed in the Kunsthistorisches Art Museum. In fact, approximately one third of the surviving paintings of Bruegel, can be found in that museum. There is a very interesting lecture presented by a lecturer at the museum concerning Bruegel which is featured around the film’s midpoint. This is perhaps the highlight of the entire film.
The rest of the film focuses on Johann’s observations regarding the multitude of people who visit the museum everyday. Of particular interest, are the reactions of teenage visitors, who seem to be most collectively interested in the paintings that feature people who have had their heads chopped off.
Director Cohen also attempts to draw a parallel between everyday scenes of life in Vienna to the subjects that can be seen of the people from long ago, in the paintings we view at the museum.
‘Museum Hours’ is interesting when it focuses on the paintings and works of art at the museum as well as the observations of its visitors. Johann also is an interesting character whose commentary throughout the film, pulls one in. But Anne is too much of a sad sack and the narrative regarding the dying cousin, is significantly devoid of conflict.
It’s hard to get really excited about ‘Museum Hours’ due to the weak plot. But there’s a great deal of interesting information here about Bruegel’s paintings that is worth a look. For those who are particularly enamored with art-house flicks, this film will be probably be high up on your list.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 47 min (107 min)
Rated Not Rated
Director Jem Cohen
Writer Jem Cohen, Natalie Lettner, Mary Margaret O’Hara
Actors Mary Margaret O’Hara, Bobby Sommer, Ela Piplits
Country Austria, United States
Awards 2 wins & 8 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 1.78 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A