Five Minutes of Heaven
(Great Britain/Ireland, 2009, 89 minutes)
A television programme attemps a reconciliation between two tormented men who've been on different sides of the Northern Irish Troubles: the younger brother of a murdered Protestant and the Catholic volunteer who killed him. Taut, brisk little two-hander with a lot on its plate, smartly handled but really made by its strong, live-wire leads.
A Pathé release. Pathé, BBC Films and Northern Ireland Screen present, with the participation of Bord Scannán hEiréann/The Irish Film Board, a Big Fish Films/Ruby Films production, in association with Element Pictures. Starring Liam Neeson, James Nesbitt, Anamaria Marinca. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel; produced by Eoin O'Callaghan, Stephen Wright; written by Guy Hibbert; music by David Holmes with Leo Abrahams; director of photography (DeLuxe), Ruairi O'Brien; production designer, Mark Lowry; costume designer, Maggie Donnelly; film editor, Hans Funck.