VIFF 2012 review: Museum Hours


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      Jem Cohen makes dark, quirky meditations on art and modern life, but now he has assembled a delightfully accessible work. Nonpro actor Bobby Sommer (actually a film programmer) plays a veteran guard at Vienna’s richest museum. His internal observations—especially vivid in the Brueghel Room—get amplified on several levels when he helps a visiting Canadian woman (cult singer Mary Margaret O’Hara) going through grievous ruminations of her own. Neither farce nor tragedy, the movie is filled with gently moving wit.

      Pacific Cinémathèque, September 27 (4 p.m.); Granville, October 9 (6:15 p.m.) and 11 (12 p.m.)