A House on a Hill
A House on a Hill (2003)

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,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 14, 2003
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

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

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Dave Kehr
New York Times

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.

Harry Haun
Film Journal International

A very sophisticated and uncommon sensibility is at work.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

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.

Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

Workman's autumnal character study may be the most sagacious cinematic dancing ever done about architecture.

David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Ultimately has a somewhat unfinished quality that complements the movie's themes -- and Hall's haunting performance.

Marc Mohan

It's a compelling character study with the formal invention and editing acumen that are Workman's forte.

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