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Seven Minutes in Heaven (2009)

Reymond Amsalem , Nadav Netz , Omri Givon  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Reymond Amsalem, Nadav Netz, Eldad Prives
  • Directors: Omri Givon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Hebrew
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Film Movement
  • DVD Release Date: July 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005KML1FG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,321 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Unforgettable! An impressive feature debut. --Alissa Simon, Variety

A powerful drama! One of the highlights of this year s Tribeca Film Festival. --Joe Bendel, The Epoch Times

Official Competition --TRIBECA Film Festival

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The Israeli drama "Seven Minutes In Heaven" is an assured and thought provoking debut by filmmaker Omri Givon. Having toured the festival circuit several years ago, it really surprises me that no one picked up this little gem for North American DVD distribution before now! The film, on the surface, seems to be a straightforward examination of a woman (remarkably underplayed by Reymond Amsalem) trying to rebuild her life in the aftermath of a terrorist bombing. The explosion of a city bus results in Amsalem being badly burned and scarred while her boyfriend doesn't make it. With large chunks of memory impaired, Amsalem tries to reconstruct that day and understand just what happened. With the assistance of a possible new romantic interest, she starts unraveling the clues to help her fully comprehend her own survivor's guilt and try, somehow, to get past it.

While that would describe the picture in a nutshell, its presentation is quite a bit more complex. Amsalem is literally haunted by her memories as they resurface. The seven minutes of the title refer to a period when she was considered dead after the explosion. Or do they? Through cross-cutting timelines, a bigger and more intriguing answer might be presented. And while I won't go into specifics, I think that it's fair to say that different people might interpret what is presented in different ways. It gives you a lot to ponder! What is remarkable, though, is how matter-of-fact and grounded this picture is. Amsalem is given a choice role and her performance is astounding in its restraint. Many would have chosen a more melodramatic route, Givon and Amsalem have presented us with a woman and her situation that is eminently real and identifiable.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime! June 6, 2012
By quentin
Format:DVD
Seven Minutes in Heaven is not a typical Israeli drama. Though the film begins with a terrorist attack in the streets of Jerusalem, the story goes beyond the prism of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to introduce Galia's human dilemma:
Should we dream and hide from the truth, or accept reality as it is, relieved because we are no longer ignorant? During 90 minutes, we observes Galia in a journey that will change the rest of her life. To sublimate the powerful message of the film, the filmmaker has chosen the amazing Reymond Amsalem who delivers a stunning performance. An incredible actress for an incredible film!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting to watch May 19, 2014
By Genesis
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But very slow. Acting is good and the topic sadly is a common and current in Israel today. Not sorry i got the DVD but probably will not watch it that often.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The aftermath of survivng a terrorist attack May 26, 2013
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"Seven Minutes in Heaven" is a 2008 movie from Israel (98 min.), not to be confused with the same-titled 1985 movie featuring Jennifer Connely. In the Israeli movie, as it opens, we get to know Galia, a young woman in Jerusalem, dealing with the aftermath of a terrible terrorist attack on a bus that she and her boyfriend Oren were on. Oren does not survive the attack but Galia does, althoug barely (she was unconscious and apparently lost for 7 minutes, hence the movie's title), and with severe burns and memory loss. One year later, Galia is determined to find out what really happened, including finding the rescue worker who saved her. Meanwhile, Galia gets to know Boaz, a guy whom she meets on the street when she becomes disoriented. Boaz starts helping her on more ways than one, and Galia relishes his help and finding herself becoming closer to him. Then we get treated to flashbacks of Galia and Oren's relationship, and maybe things weren't all that great as we once thought. Will Galia find the rescue worker? What will become of the budding relationship between Galia and Boaz? And what was really going on between Galia and Oren before the terrorist attack? To tell you more would surely ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this movie, from newcomer writer-director Omri Givon does an outstanding job in bringing to life, in vivid details, what it's like to be a survivor of a terrorist attack, and the huge black hole that comes after it. Just chilling. We don't actually get to see the bus bombing until late in the movie, for reasons that I don't want to tell as it plays a big part in the plot.
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