Timothy A. Chey’s 20 minutes is probably the last movie you’d expect to get a standing ovation at Cannes. As a faith-based movie, it’s supposed to appeal to a specific group of viewers. Even so, it left the entire audience in awe – the film’s themes might have been influenced by Christianity, but they’re universally human at their core.

In this article, we’ll explore this magnificent work of art and everything that made it such a big hit at the Cannes Film Festival.

So, without any further ado, let’s get right to the bottom of it.

The plot

The movie has a relatively simple plot: it follows 12 different individuals who realize they only have 20 minutes left to live due to an approaching missile attack on Hawaii. As expected, the story is filled with thrilling emotions, personal stories, and unique character motivations and developments.

What would you do if you had only 20 minutes to live? Who would you call? What would be your biggest regrets?

All of these questions will stay with you for a long time after you’ve seen this masterpiece. It’s intense, dramatic, and heart-wrenching at times.

The cinematography

One of the things that set this movie apart from others of the same genre is its impeccable cinematography. Apart from the beautiful scenery (the movie is set and filmed in Hawaii), everything from the lighting to the use of colors is done masterfully.

Again, even if you don’t find the movie’s Christian messages very appealing, you’ll certainly be able to enjoy it for its magnificent visuals (at the very least).

With all of that said, you can see why the audience at Cannes was so touched by 20 minutes.

The performances

The entire cast of 20 minutes gave truly remarkable performances. According to the public reviews and reactions, the crowd at Cannes was absolutely amazed by the heartfelt acting they saw on the screen.

These are all incredibly talented actors that evidently put their heart and soul into these performances, which only adds to the beauty of this film.

Almost every review on the film’s official IMDb at least mentions the cast’s efforts. It’s certainly one of the reasons why 20 minutes was such a success at the Cannes Film Festival.

The profound message of the movie


Last but not least, the final message of the emotional rollercoaster that was 20 minutes is bound to leave you contemplating your own life for hours. The wide palette of emotions the audience felt while watching this movie certainly makes it worth watching. According to the reception it got at Cannes, it is an instant classic you wouldn’t like to miss.

The takeaway


The success of Timothy A. Chey’s 20 minutes at the Cannes film festival is due to a mixture of different reasons. Starting from the cinematography all the way to the themes of the film itself, it’s a visual treat with a powerful message anyone can enjoy.

So, even if you’re not very religious, we suggest you give this movie a try once it hits your local theaters this autumn.