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A Five-Minute Break

A college student gets an involuntary education in circumstantial evidence when he's framed for murder in the off-kilter "A Five-Minute Break." Bolstered by fun perfs, pic deploys a few excellent ideas and toys with edgy suspense during an unlikely yet entertaining series of coincidences. But while movie is on to something about human nature, with yocks stemming as much from uncomfortable truths as from brutal shtick, pic ultimately goes off the deep end. Rejected by local crix and auds, effort is still a candidate for tube dates , particularly cable.

A college student gets an involuntary education in circumstantial evidence when he’s framed for murder in the off-kilter “A Five-Minute Break.” Bolstered by fun perfs, pic deploys a few excellent ideas and toys with edgy suspense during an unlikely yet entertaining series of coincidences. But while movie is on to something about human nature, with yocks stemming as much from uncomfortable truths as from brutal shtick, pic ultimately goes off the deep end. Rejected by local crix and auds, effort is still a candidate for tube dates , particularly cable.

You literally wouldn’t want to be in the shoes of 25-year-old pre-law student Philippe (Jose Garcia), who’s enrolled at “a French university in North America.” While Philippe’s in gym class, a dapper man with a heart condition (Richard Bohringer) borrows his loafers to leave their imprint on a soft-tar roof en route to shooting his wife’s lover. Once the despised local police inspector fingers Philippe, everything that can go wrong does, as the honest lad is reduced to his basest instincts in the course of a long day involving a cadaver, a series of cars and several adversaries in hot pursuit.

A Five-Minute Break

(BLACK COMEDY -- FRENCH-CANADIAN)

  • Production: A Pierre Grise Distribution release (in France) of a Tesson (France)/La Banque National de Paris of Canada (Canada) production, in association with Sofygram 2 and Gimages, with participation of CNC, Telefilm Canada and Canal Plus. Produced by Jacques Dorfmann, Jean Labadie, Claude Leger. Directed, written by Tomas Romero. Camera (color), Walter Ball; editor, Jean-Pierre Cereghetti, Catherine Trouillet; music, Guy Trepanier, Reinhardt Wagner; Reviewed at Club de l'Etoile screening room, Paris, March 7, 1999. Original title: Cinq minutes de detente. Running time: 90 MIN.
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  • With: With: Jose Garcia, Richard Bohringer, Susan Anbeh.
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