Venice Film Festival: 11 Minutes / 11 Minut (2015) - Poland / Ireland

Venice Film Festival: 11 Minutes / 11 Minut (2015) – Poland / Ireland

Venice Film Festival: 11 Minutes (2015) – Poland / Ireland

Reviewed by: Andrew Chan

Directed by: Jerzy Skolimowski
Produced by: Ewa Piaskowska, Jerzy Skolimowski
Written by: Jerzy Skolimowski
Starring: Richard Dormer, Wojciech Mecwaldowski, Paulina Chapko, Andrzej Chyra, Dawid Ogrodnik, Agata Buzek, Piotr Glowacki, Anna Maria Buczek, Jan Nowicki, Lukasz Sikora, Ifi Ude, Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, Grazyna Blecka-Kolska, Janusz Chabior

Reviewed at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival

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A lot can happen in “11 Minutes” and that is precisely what veteran director Jerzy Skolimowski wants to allude towards. Some parts and moments are better than others are and some scenes seem rather irrelevant and adds nothing to the story, which tends to create the dragging feeling. By breaking the normal cinematic convention, we are shown that like life itself, everything happens for a reason and the events that are triggers by decisions whether it is someone randomly walking on the street or somebody we have no connection to at all. “11 Minutes” is not entirely fresh and the same kind of approach have been used before, but it works because we live in an existential society and every decision we make will somehow randomly, adversely, or positively affect someone else. That is the reality and this film encapsulate this particularly well.

We have many characters and actors going about it, some characters like life, are more important than others. Wojciech Mecwaldowski is perhaps the focus of the story and the catalyst to all the events that eventually will happen. His sheer determined look and expression through provide a sense of suspense of what is about to happen. Perhaps the best scenes in the movie involve the director and the aspiring actress (played by Irish actor Richard Dormer and the attractive Paulina Chapko respectively). The interactions between the two is both awkward and fascinating as the two plays off each other in the most alluring fashion. In a way, the film would have benefited more if there were more focus on the duo on show.

All in all, “11 Minutes” works because it is not overtly long, clocking at 87 minutes and perhaps would have worked better with lesser time frame. Still, there is a lot to like about this film as it does try to say something about how every decision we make, as individual will affect those around us. While not entirely original, this film is a welcome addition to the Venice Film Festival that seem to lack a punch for quality European cinema this time around.

Recommended film and endorsed by HK Neo Reviews.

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