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House on a Hill

House on a Hill (2003)

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 5
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A retired architect returns to work at the behest of unlikely patrons in this low-key drama. Richard and Kate Banks (Jack Conley and Rebecca Staab) are a well-to-do couple who want to buy a home in Southern California. While house-hunting, Kate discovers the charred remains of a house that was never completed -- and she is highly intrigued by what she's found. Kate discovers the property belongs to Mercedes (Shirley Knight), who informs Kate that the unfinished house was one of the last works

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Combines an intermittently lyrical soundtrack with a relentlessly theoretical visual style to fashion an amiable fable.

November 25, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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While it's clear that Workman is fascinated by the subject matter, that turns out to be the primary problem: He gets so wrapped up in creating the structure that he forgets to put much of anything inside.

November 21, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Ultimately has a somewhat unfinished quality that complements the movie's themes -- and Hall's haunting performance.

November 13, 2003
New York Post
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The film is full of artists who seem to be straddling the line between compromise and conviction. There is much straddling in A House on a Hill, and not enough engagement.

November 13, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Workman's autumnal character study may be the most sagacious cinematic dancing ever done about architecture.

November 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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It's a compelling character study with the formal invention and editing acumen that are Workman's forte.

August 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Oregonian
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A very sophisticated and uncommon sensibility is at work.

November 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Content and style dovetail superbly in this offbeat drama, where images continually change in size and shape, evoking the story's message that human experience is always a pathway, not a destination.

November 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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