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      The Time That Remains

      Released Jan 7, 2011 1 hr. 49 min. Drama History List
      86% 49 Reviews Tomatometer 68% 5,000+ Ratings Audience Score The creation of the state of Israel in 1948 through to the present day. Read More Read Less

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      Jerod S Grow up in the states? Then you'll be lost all the way through this film. Might have been brilliant if I understood any of it. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 07/02/23 Full Review Audience Member Brilliant deadpan black humour brings the absurdity of this conflict to life. A region held hostage to its history as both sides are portrayed over a 60 year period from a time when the conflict was real and less about proud identity. By the film's end you meet new characters who live a life heavily influenced by the conflict but who have moved on to forge their own everyday irreverent personalities. Would be much better if it weren't so boring in places but some of the humour is subtle gold. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member Wonderful film, slightly surrealist scenes and a dark/ironic portrayal of the history of Israel. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member While I appreciate Elia's quirk, I always end up feeling that there is something lacking.. I can't quite put my finger on it yet. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member The visual style of this movie adds a rich texture to it. It's very visual dominated and it helps bring the absurdity to life in moving pictures without the need for much dialogue in many scenes. It's the antithesis of a Woody Allen film. When there is dialogue, it can be really funny as social and political satire. "Girls, he's like her brother."   "It's a question of logic. All you need is a clear head and some thinking."  "Who told you America are colonialists?"  The silent observer of the changing times bearing witness to the absurdity of it all is a very interesting approach for film. There's the leftover turmoil of a conflict from the days of his father's fighting, which began before his birth and the modernization of these ancient cities. He's there as an inheritor to the current intermingling of these two seemingly opposing forces.  His intentional stoic observation seems somewhat journalistic, but is not completely divorced of heart and direct experience, as it is obviously at least semi-autobiographical.  Then there's of course the satirical comedic side of the tale making it a rather quirky journey.  The film seems to attempt to be experiential for the viewer in a kind of radical empiricism, which can leave so much room for us as observers to inject our own interpretation. While I found it to be a good film, it should be warned that this is one of those moody flicks. It has an interesting visual style and really not heavy with dialogue, which can make it a different kind of stimulating journey, if you're in the mood for that sort of "artsy" approach to film. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member funny/sad or what critics call humane. I enjoyed this insider view of 'normal life' in Palestine but was a bit lost toward the end, as there was less and less dialogue. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Adania Shibli Sight & Sound Though the film, like Suleiman's other work, is undoubtedly political, its cinematic form and content are marked by a studied yet subtle simplicity. Jul 30, 2018 Full Review Joumane Chahine Film Comment Magazine 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. Nov 7, 2013 Full Review Peter Howell Toronto Star Suleiman takes the approach of gentle observer, neither condoning nor confronting -- not violently, at least. Start with humor and perhaps empathy will follow. Rated: 3/4 Feb 5, 2011 Full Review Kathy Fennessy Seattle Film Blog If this Israeli-Italian co-production starts in neo-realist becomes lighter, looser, and more elliptical as it goes on Rated: 3.5/4 Sep 15, 2021 Full Review Mohammed Elshimi emel This semi auto-biographical account by Elia Suleiman is a deeply personal, intimate, and refreshingly alternative take on the plight of Palestinians under occupation. Jul 21, 2021 Full Review Joanne Laurier World Socialist Web Site The Time That Remains condenses historical events in a highly personal manner that incorporates the filmmaker's emotional response, albeit deliberately distanced, to the episodes being recounted. Mar 4, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis The creation of the state of Israel in 1948 through to the present day.
      Elia Suleiman
      Executive Producer
      Hani Farsi
      Elia Suleiman
      IFC Films
      Drama, History
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 7, 2011, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 10, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
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