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The Time That Remains (2011)



Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 1

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An intimate semi-biographical portrait of Palestinians living as a minority in their own homeland between 1948 and the present day, from the acclaimed director of DIVINE INTERVENTION. --- (C) IFC


Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Elia Suleiman

Apr 24, 2012


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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (7)

Suleiman takes the approach of gentle observer, neither condoning nor confronting -- not violently, at least. Start with humor and perhaps empathy will follow.

February 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Living in a part of the world where politics, and the pursuit of politics by warring means, are the rule, director Elia Suleiman is the exception.

February 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Despite its abundance of deadpan and absurdist humor, "The Time That Remains," a look at the Arab-Israeli conflict from a Palestinian perspective, was clearly made with a sorrowful heart.

February 4, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Suleiman's obvious gift for cinema makes you wish that in connecting so personally with his past, he'd occasionally reach out to the audience, too.

January 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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To keep a steady gaze, the film suggests, is not just a virtue but a form of orderly protest, when your world is breaking apart.

January 18, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Throughout, Suleiman contemplates how much has changed in his homeland since the Israeli declaration of independence in 1948, and how the natives have tried to maintain some continuity.

January 13, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Suleiman's approach, anchored as it is in minutiae and the absurd, manages to rescue the Arab-Israeli issue from its usual hijacking by ideology.

November 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

...a missed opportunity of nigh epic proportions...

June 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Deadpan, non-reactive characters inhabit the formally elegant, beautifully lensed and mostly static compositions that grace this movie about a hot subject that more often inspires heated, passionate, noisy debate.

April 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The Time That Remains, Elia Suleiman's six decade-spanning speculative remembrance, brings a bleakly comic sensibility -- as well as an insider's perspective -- to 60 turbulent years of Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

April 22, 2011 Full Review Source: House Next Door
House Next Door

Elia Suleiman is among the few living filmmakers to employ slapstick comedy in his work, and the only one to politicize it.

January 13, 2011 Full Review Source: indieWIRE

If technique grows wearisome, still the rapid-fire, dry, visual vignettes do not obscure the picture of a community that cannot find its way.

January 12, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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[S]emi-autobiographical trilogy of Palestinian family's experiences from '48. . .culminates in. . .epic storytelling, with maturity and sorrow to match his now gray hair.

January 10, 2011 Full Review Source:

One of the many simple conceits of Elia Suleiman's film is the way in which one man's silence becomes a metaphor for an entire nation's.

January 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The formalism Suleiman employs here provides a unique emotional entry point into the Palestinian dilemma, one that uses static shot composition and humor to clarify and comment, not to generate cheap laughs.

January 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The silence of the character played by director Elia Suleiman lends the role a kind of invisibility that seems meant as an analogy to his view of the Arab presence in Israel. He's present, yet absent.

January 7, 2011 Full Review Source:

Family saga set against the backdrop of Israeli occupation has its moments, but suffers from a certain monotony in its direction.

January 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for The Time That Remains

I have seen a lot of film festival movies in past 4 years, but this one I just didn't grasp the point of the story. Set in Israel and the film writeup says a of a fanilys triumps and tragedies. This is not what I saw. I saw a modern day israel and a changing theme throughout the whole movie. 3 stars
September 18, 2012
Bruce Bruce

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"The Time That Remains" starts with Menashe(Menashe Noy) picking up a passenger in his cab from the airport in Tel Aviv. Soon, an intense storm strands them, leaving the cab driver in a place that he does not recognize which is to be expected in a country where so many of the old towns simply do not exist anymore. It also might be because the story soon moves to July 16, 1948 with the surrender of Nazareth to the Israeli army that kicks in a fight or flight response for many.(And then there are those who choose neither by killing themselves.) For Fuad Suleiman(Saleh Bakri), it is definitely fight while finding a way to help a wounded man before being detained by authorities.

Elia Suleiman's previous film "Divine Intervention" was an angry and funny segmented look at the current state of the West Bank. With his latest, "The Time That Remains," the anger has mostly given way to sadness and resignation in an autobiographical film that takes place in 1948, 1970, 1980 and the present day and uses repetition as a way of denoting the dreariness of the everyday lives of the residents. Elia Suleiman is a character throughout and in the present day, the director plays himself, in silent witness of everything that unfolds before him. What's back is the impressive sense of the absurd which he nails(there's an even better tank gag this time around) by just letting the camera stay in one place.
January 9, 2011
Walter M.

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