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The Time That Remains Reviews

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Joumane Chahine
Film Comment Magazine
November 7, 2013
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.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 22, 2011
...a missed opportunity of nigh epic proportions...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 29, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andrew Schenker
House Next Door
April 22, 2011
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.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 5, 2011
Suleiman takes the approach of gentle observer, neither condoning nor confronting -- not violently, at least. Start with humor and perhaps empathy will follow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 4, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
February 4, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
January 19, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
January 18, 2011
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.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
January 13, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
January 13, 2011
Elia Suleiman is among the few living filmmakers to employ slapstick comedy in his work, and the only one to politicize it.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
January 12, 2011
A welcome example of kitsch wedded to serious indictment: Who knew that high-school screenings of Spartacus had such insidious purpose?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 12, 2011
If technique grows wearisome, still the rapid-fire, dry, visual vignettes do not obscure the picture of a community that cannot find its way.
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
January 10, 2011
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Aaron Cutler
Slant Magazine
January 10, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
January 8, 2011
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Ian Buckwalter
NPR.org
January 7, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
January 7, 2011
Another Palestinian director dealing with the same events might rant and rave. Not Suleiman. He knows the power of well-conceived humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 7, 2011
Both a musical construction and a work more concerned with form, light, sound and music than with what its characters say or do.
David Noh
Film Journal International
January 7, 2011
Family saga set against the backdrop of Israeli occupation has its moments, but suffers from a certain monotony in its direction.
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