11 Minutes (2015)

Richard Dormer, Paulina Chapko, Wojciech Mecwaldowski, Andrzej Chyra,
11 minut is a movie starring Richard Dormer, Paulina Chapko, and Wojciech Mecwaldowski. The lives of several Varsovians are intertwined for just 11 minutes. These minutes turn out to be crucial for their ultimate fate.
  • 5.7 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2018-09-07 Added:
  • Writer:
  • Jerzy Skolimowski, Director:
  • Ewa Piaskowska, Producer:

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8 / 10

Extremely well done study of how lives intersect.

Unfortunately, this is the type of movie that draws out all those filmmakers who want to weigh in on what the director did wrong. I'm not a filmmaker, so I just sat back and enjoyed this director's efforts.

All the characters were interesting, and I particularly liked the director's decision to cut back and forth between the various players as the narrative moved forward. That choice requires a little more effort on our part, but it's well worth the effort.

All in all, I had a great time, even if I did get most of my anxiety buttons pushed, but that's what happens when a film builds suspense slowly and relentlessly.

If you're the type of person who enjoys most kinds of movies, then you'll enjoy the unusual approach they took with this one, and it has my most hearty recommendation.

7 / 10

Worth the time

It's a bold international take on movies like Crash, and even with perspectives you would not expect, but it is slightly difficult to follow.

6 / 10

Sheltering Sky

Appearing in the sky for eleven minutes, a mysterious object has a significant impact on those who sight it in this offbeat drama from Jerzy Skolimowski. Best known as the director of 'Deep End', 'The Shout' and more recently 'Essential Killing', Skolimowski is a filmmaker who excels with unconventional narratives, a description that describes this film in spades. The movie consists of the same eleven minutes played out (a cataclysmic concluding event aside) from all different angles. The film has at least a dozen main characters and as the narrative constantly jumps around, never following one character for more than five minutes at a time, it becomes a tad hard to follow. It is also a movie in which it is difficult to become attached to any of the characters since none of them are fleshed out in depth, give or take a jealous husband and a hotdog vendor with a mysterious checkered past. Fortunately, the symbolism alone is sufficiently interesting; we never see what exactly the object in the sky is, nor do we need to as it represents fate. The film also opens innovatively, with footage from a smartphone camera, from a laptop camera and CCTV security camera all thrown our way before Skolimowski gives us 2.35:1 aspect ratio conventional film footage - for some reason that no doubt links to the mysterious sky object. With so much left deliberately unclear, this is a tricky film to recommend. It is thought-provoking though, if perhaps not as satisfying as earlier Skolimowski efforts such as 'King, Queen, Knave' and 'The Lightship' with Robert Duvall.

4 / 10

11-7=4. AND 4 IS WHAT THIS IS WORTH

I think there are 7 interlinked stories that wind down to some sort of anticlimactic climax.

In the end you will wonder what you watched and why you stuck it out to the end....

8 / 10

Was fixated

Well, I loved it. I was fascinated from the start and enjoyed every single minute. Cannot understand all the low ratings. I just want to be entertained, I don't want to (or need to!) critique every aspect of the film making. Last scenes are BRILLIANT!!!