Navigating loss, by the minute

Jan 18, 2013
Reymonde Amsellen and Eldad Fribas star in “Seven Minutes in Heaven.”

Rockland — The film “Seven Minutes in Heaven” will be screened and discussed Thursday, Jan. 31, at 6:30 p.m. in the Friends Community Room of Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., co-sponsored by the Camden Conference Community Events series and The First, N.A. Post-film discussion will be led by Bill Halpin and Saskia Huising.

Sometimes existing can feel like a burden, rather than the blessing it is — that is how it feels to Galia (Reymonde Amsellen), who was clinically dead for seven minutes yet returned to the land of the living. For the past year, she has tended not just to her own physical injuries but also to her boyfriend Oren. The event that left him in a coma and her back badly scarred is a deeply emotional blur, afflicting her with visions, memory gaps and acute survivor’s guilt. Most of her recollections come from the reports of others, but when Oren passes away and a familiar necklace is anonymously returned to her, Galia realizes that in order to move forward, she must discover the missing pieces from that fateful day.

Gently paced and melancholy in tone, this mystical drama/thriller takes a change in course that propels it into fascinating territory. Written and directed by Omri Givon (in his directorial debut), “Seven Minutes in Heaven” depicts one woman’s struggle with questions that may not have answers. The film won festival awards in Haifa, Warsaw and Bratislava (Slovakia); and Amsellen was nominated for Best Actress by the Israeli Film Academy.

The evening is co-sponsored by the Camden Conference Community Events Series in anticipation of the 26th annual Camden Conference: The Middle East: What Next? Feb. 22 through 24. Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice by calling the library at 594-0310. Admission is free.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or

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