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Jem Cohen
Country of origin and year
Austria/USA 2012
107 minutes
Rated 12A - Contains infrequent moderate sex references and natural nudity
Cast: Mary Margaret O'Hara, Bobby Sommer, Ela Piplits.

German and English with English subtitles

This beguiling low-key drama takes you to the Vienna behind the tourist clichés, defying cinema stereotypes and combining unconventional romance with an enchanting reflection on the role of art in our lives. A foreigner called to Vienna by a medical emergency, Anne wanders the streets in limbo, broke and unable to speak the language. Whiling away the hours in the Art History Museum, she encounters Johann, a guard who warily offers to be her guide. Celebrated indie director Jem Cohen's cerebral film is a warm tale of two lonely souls brought together by art and chance. Parallels with Richard Linklater's Before trilogy will be noted, but Cohen's film is an original work. As in a museum, viewers aren't told where to look or what to think; we're encouraged to make our own discoveries. "Quietly amazing, sneakily sublime." (The New York Times)


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