Lovely to see Mary Margaret O'Hara acting again. She has the right mix of eccentricity, self effacement, humour and pathos here.
Melancholy carries a pleasure for being subjugated by the pain for the missing object. The authentic beauty in the fading; the glance of a dead man transcends the human experience. This is exactly the role of Bruegel’s art in the movie: the ancient memoir; the recall of an unrepeatable past. Fragments of life juxtaposed to painting details: an unfillable distance is the ultimate lover’s desire.
The museum becomes a microcosm for the world around us. Finds life in the stillness. A film observant about people, society, and relationships. Also slyly meta. Not sure it resonates with me on a deep level, and its erudition borders on smugness, but it is a memorable work.
Jem Cohen's mesmerizing meditation on the nature of art and the transience of human existence finds two strangers forging a connection in Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Art Museum. Is great art merely the trash of another era much like our own? Life in transition slowly moving toward antiquity marks the core of Cohen's sublime and quietly engrossing exploration of the power of art to bind people together across the ages.
FNC '12 What makes a painting stand the test of time? Does it have more than the monetary value the wealthy have given it? Can anything we document or see have artistic value or meaning or closer examination? Cohen's film asks some interesting questions framed around a story taking place around the Kunsthistorisches Art Museum in Vienna. Dynamite picture with both a keen visual eye/style and warm performances.