James Nesbitt presents an eight-part guided tour of Ireland. The
Ballymena-born actor celebrates the sights, sounds and tastes of a
country famed for the charm of its people and for rugged landscapes,
mighty lakes and rivers and ancient traditions. It has left an indelible
mark on its close neighbour Britain, with one in four Britons claiming
Runtime: 30 minutes
James Nesbitt's Ireland - Five Minutes of Heaven - Netflix
Five Minutes of Heaven is a 2009 Irish-language film directed by Oliver
Hirschbiegel from a script by Guy Hibbert. The film was premiered on 19
January 2009 at the 25th Sundance Film Festival where it won the World
Cinema Dramatic Directing Award for Oliver Hirschbiegel, and the World
Cinema Screenwriting Award for Guy Hibbert. As a television film it was
broadcast on BBC Two on 5 April 2009, and also had an international
feature film release. The first part reconstructs the historical killing
of 19-year-old Jim Griffin by 17-year-old Alistair Little in 1975, and
the second part depicts a fictional meeting between Little and Griffin's
brother Joe 33 years later.
James Nesbitt's Ireland - Reception - Netflix
Nesbitt vividly portrays Griffin as a man still coiled with rage and
horror by indelible memories of a living nightmare when he was a boy.
And Neeson’s haunted features reveal the guilt and pain Little has
carried since he committed his terrible crime.
Andrew Johnston for Culture Northern Ireland wrote,
Unlike some other Ulster-set pictures, Five Minutes of Heaven presents
real people with real emotions, rather than political caricatures or
slavish impersonations. There’s a slight sense that most of the budget
went on securing Neeson, but the minimalist soundtrack, grotty colour
scheme and amateurish fight scenes help underline the emptiness of the
lead characters and the desolation of their predicament.
James Nesbitt's Ireland - References - Netflix