Seven Minutes in Heaven

Director: Linda Feferman
Screenwriters: Jane Bernstein, Linda Feferman

Institute History

  • 1986 Sundance Film Festival


A peek through the door into the world of the average teenager, Seven Minutes in Heaven takes a sensitive and humorous look at being 15 . . .in America, in school and in love. The film centers on the relationships of three friends, Natalie (Jennifer Connelly), a shy girl; her friend Polly (Maddie Corman), a girl preoccupied with sex; and Jeff (Byron Thames), a friend who needs a place to stay.

Seven Minutes in Heaven is a sympathetic portrait, at times a bit preposterous, but gentle nonetheless. It’s really about two young, slightly confused girls trying to confront sexuality on their own terms. Definitely a step above the standard offering of “teenage” films, this film has some memorable moments that remind us all of the awkwardness and humor of those teenage years.

Screening Details

Sundance Film Festival Awards

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