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"Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt are teaming up to tackle the Northern Ireland Troubles in Five Minutes of Heaven. The film tells the story of two men wracked by the violence that plagued Northern Ireland from the late 1960s through to the peace process in 1998, and how they attempt to come to terms with the Troubles' aftermath.
"Five Minutes of Heaven moves from a powerful re-enactment of these tragic, real events to a fictional interpretation of what might happen should these two surviving men ever come face to face over 30 years later. Screenwriter Guy Hibbert worked closely with the actual men, using their words and feelings to create a fictional scenario.
"The story isn’t a work of expiation or guilt but a portrait of a process. The film’s careful construction is what transforms the predictable to transcendent through its quest for understanding. Little, portrayed by Liam Neeson, and Griffin, portrayed by James Nesbitt (Bloody Sunday), are faced with an opportunity to reconcile but perhaps it’s impossible to erase the past."