House on a Hill
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House on a Hill
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 from Harry Mayfield (Philip Baker Hall), a once-famous architect who left his career behind when… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Combines an intermittently lyrical soundtrack with a relentlessly theoretical visual style to fashion an amiable fable."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"A very sophisticated and uncommon sensibility is at work."
‑ Harry Haun, Film Journal International
"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."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Workman's autumnal character study may be the most sagacious cinematic dancing ever done about architecture."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"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."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Ultimately has a somewhat unfinished quality that complements the movie's themes -- and Hall's haunting performance."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"It's a compelling character study with the formal invention and editing acumen that are Workman's forte."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
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