Seven Minutes in Heaven (2008)

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Seven Minutes in Heaven (2008)

Seven Minutes in Heaven (2008)
DVD9 | VIDEO_TS | NTSC 16:9 | 01:37:57 | 5,25 Gb
Audio: Hebrew AC3 2.0 @ 224 Kbps | Subs: English
Genre: Drama | FP/DF

Director: Omri Givon

Galia, a young woman from Jerusalem, and her boyfriend Oren board a local bus. The bus explodes, leaving Oren in a coma and Galia with severe burns and memory loss; she lacks memory of the day of the terrorist attack and the days leading up to it. The film begins one year after the attack, upon Oren's death. As Galia undergoes physical and mental therapy, she attempts to stitch together the shattered fragments of her life and soul. A necklace sent to her from an unidentified source sets her off on a journey to find the missing pieces of the puzzle from that fateful day.

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Original title: Sheva dakot be gan eden (2008)

I saw this fine Israeli 2008 film last week. So far as I am aware, it is the first film by writer-director Omri Givon. At first the main theme seems to be terrorism. Galia was on a bus that was blown up. She was terribly burned and her lover, Oren, killed. Galia was actually clinically dead for seven minutes but a paramedic did not give up on her and saved her life. Galia’s memory is spotty at best and she tries to fill in the gaps. At one point, a man involved with Zaka, a (real life) voluntary religious rescue organization, who assisted in Galia’s rescue, relates to her a mystical notion that if a soul ascends to heaven before its proper time, it is sent back to be reunited with the body, but, before, that, is told what its earthly life will be.

Seven Minutes in Heaven (2008)

The film uses this notion to create an effective and unusual drama. It avoids didacticism and indeed seems to me to really have no thesis of the afterlife to propound nor even a general idea of the course of true love. If this means the film is not obviously deep, it also helps it to avoid the absurdity and sentimentality of many films with mystical aspects (e.g. the ludicrous Sam Mendes flick American Beauty).

Seven Minutes in Heaven (2008)

Seven Minutes to Heaven turns out to be about love and destiny with the terrorism element in service to these themes. This is a stylistically mature and well-constructed film. It is one of the more intriguing love stories I know of and has a thought-provoking ending that is about as far from mawkishness as it is possible to be.
Seven Minutes in Heaven (2008)

Mysticism and memory-play collide in this quietly powerful Israeli neo-noir thriller, brilliantly directed by first-time feature filmmaker Omri Givon. Galia (the captivating Reymonde Amsellem) has spent the last year recovering from a terrorist bus bombing, and as one would imagine, the extent of her trauma is profound. She suffers from unbearable burn scars that cover her back, intermittent panic attacks and a fractured memory. When her boyfriend Oren—also a victim of the attack—is removed from life support, Galia must remember the events that surrounded the bombing in order to move forward with her life. An unfamiliar necklace, a patient and handsome stranger named Boaz (Eldad Fribas) and the newfound knowledge that a rescue worker had pronounced her dead for a total of seven minutes all might help her unlock the key to her past.

Seven Minutes in Heaven (2008)

Galia is an enigma to herself, to her friends and at times even to us. But Amsellem is mesmerizing, and we cannot take our eyes off her . . . nor should we. With subtle clues woven into a deeply intricate plot that traverses time and space, Seven Minutes in Heaven is the kind of film a Sudoku addict would love. Watching it is like groping for an infinitely satisfying truth under the shroud of darkness. Seven Minutes in Heaven truly earns its title’s delightful double entendre.
Seven Minutes in Heaven (2008)

Wow, I was pleasantly surprised by this little Israeli film. I went in with very low expectations, and it easily surpassed them all. Within the first 10 minutes, I could tell it was going to be a great film. A terrific, quiet character study of someone going through such a horrific ordeal – and that's just one layer. Your full attention is required for this one, so you don't get lost in its meandering narrative.

Seven Minutes in Heaven (2008)

Cinematically, I thought the camera work was great. I liked the music used, as well as the lack thereof with the heavy use of nat sound for added realism. I loved the editing, and I thought the director did a great job. I thought the acting was great and the characters were developed well, the story was interesting and kept me engaged throughout.
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Seven Minutes in Heaven (2008)

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- Short film: GRANDMOTHERS
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