‘Five Minutes of Heaven’ trailer

Posted by · 4:14 am · July 3rd, 2009

I offered some very brief notes a while back on Oliver Hirschbiegel’s excellent “Five Minutes of Heaven,” which premiered on television here in the UK, but will thankfully get the theatrical release (along with VOD) it deserves Stateside in August. Thank God for IFC. (More thoughts after the cut.)

The film is a tightly wound, superbly performed tale of revenge and redemption in the wake of the Irish Troubles, which sees Hirschbiegel (after the best-buried Hollywood stumble of “The Invasion”) matching and exceeding the muscular, no-nonsense storytelling skills that won him a foreign-language Oscar nod for “Downfall” a few years back.

The new film has already brought in some awards hardware, having taken directing and screenwriting honors at Sundance in January, though the work of stars Liam Neeson, James Nesbitt and Anamaria Marinca (of “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” fame) are no less commendable. Keep an eye out for this one.

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  • 1 7-03-2009 at 12:37 pm

    Ali E. said...

    I saw this film. It’s built on a very interesting and powerful conflict. The first half is really tense and Nesbitt is great. But I thought the ending didn’t pay off… It felt too easy of a cinematical solution for such a strong conflict… And I don’t really see any major awards potential for it…

  • 2 7-03-2009 at 12:52 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    “And I don’t really see any major awards potential for it…”

    Me neither. But does everything have to come down to awards?

  • 3 7-03-2009 at 12:57 pm

    James D. said...

    Marinca was excellent in 4 Months. Should be good.

  • 4 7-04-2009 at 12:20 am

    Ali E. said...

    “But does everything have to come down to awards?”

    Of course not… It’s more of a side note…

  • 5 4-17-2010 at 6:07 pm

    mark said...

    hello my name is mark and i would like to know what was the name of the song that was used for the trailer to five mins in heaven? thanks