‘Museum Hours’ hears secret harmonies

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Anne is a middle-aged Montrealer. We don’t know much about her, beyond the fact that she’s a bit hard up for cash. We know this because we hear her end of the telephone conversation asking a friend for financial help when she suddenly has to go to Vienna, where her cousin is in a coma.

Johann used to manage rock groups, then taught woodworking. He looks a bit like Vaclav Havel. His manner seems winningly Havel-like. Intelligent and unhurried, he likes his job as a gallery guard at Vienna’s Kunsthistoriches Museum.

What these two very different people have in common is the Kunsthisttoriches. One of the world’s great art museums, the Kunsthistoriches is the true star of the movie “Museum Hours.”

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