Sunday, September 20, 2015

TIFF 2015: 11 Minutes

My cousins Barry and Debbie were flying in from Fredericton, and then meeting me for this film at the TIFF Bell Lightbox theatre at 8:30. Their landing was delayed, and we frantically messaged each other as they made their way out of the airport, into their car, and towards a parking lot near the theatre. I had their tickets. They made it to the theatre 4 minutes before the film began. A lot of action came together with perfect timing so we could see the film together.

11 Minutes is a lot like that. All of the action in the film takes place in an 11-minute window one afternoon, and we see those 11 minutes play out over and over from several different overlapping points of view (including a doggy-cam I especially enjoyed!). A jealous husband and his beautiful actress wife, a slimy film director angling to get her on his casting couch, a drug dealer, a hot dog vendor, a group of nuns, and other characters are introduced and woven together in a way that does not at first make much sense, but in the end they all participate in an unexpected and explosive finale. Director Jerzy Skolimowski assembles the pieces to this puzzle masterfully and keeps the audience on the edge of their seat wondering what is going on. (Mostly Polish with English subtitles with some English dialogue.)

TIFF Overview

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