The time that remains

The time that remains

DVD - 2009 | Arabic
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Actor, screenwriter and director Elia Suleiman presents a handful of autobiographical short stories that offer a witty but thoughtful perspective on the place of Palestinians in Israel (and his own role in the nation) in this comedy-drama. Inspired by the journals kept by Suleiman's father, the fist episode takes place in 1948, as the Arab resistance movement begins to crumble, though Faud Suleiman (Saleh Bakri) is determined to keep up the fight. By 1970, Faud has lost his idealism and believes Palestine is destined to live in Israel's shadow, while his son Elia (Zuhair Abu Hanna) is being punished for calling the United States colonialists before the teacher. A few years later, Elia (Ayman Espanioli) has a brush with more powerful authorities, who attempt to toss him out of Israel on a minor offense. Finally, Elia (Elia Suleiman) returns home to look after his elderly mother (Samar Qudha Tanus) and discovers how little has changed, as many of his old friends have been warming the same barstools since he left.
Publisher: [Palestine] : Nazira Films ; [Canada] : Distributed by Séville Pictures, c2009
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.4372 TIM
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 109 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Dec 12, 2015

Elia Suleiman is either the Palestinian Wes Anderson or
Wes Anderson is his American protégé. A very interesting movie that devolves into a silent ending with the middle-aged Suleiman character staring at people and things.

Dec 22, 2014

could not finish watching it - too slow, boring and so far from the reality I have experienced. much better films out there showing the stresses, losses and issues in that part of the middle east.

Oct 04, 2012

This film by Elia Suleiman tells a personal story that spans 6 decades and 3 generations. He also stars in the latter part of the film - stone-faced most of the time, perhaps by design. Life in Palentine under Isaeli occupation is not exactly a light-hearted matter but the director repeatedly introduced some comical moments while telling the story of his family. A very interesting film for anyone who wants to have a glimpse into life in present day Palentine.

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