The Time That Remains
The Time That Remains (2011)

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

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 7, 2011
DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
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.

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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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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.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

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.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

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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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

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

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

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.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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.

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Bruce Bruce
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