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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

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Suleiman takes the approach of gentle observer, neither condoning nor confronting -- not violently, at least. Start with humor and perhaps empathy will follow."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Adam Markovitz, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
‑ Joumane Chahine, Film Comment Magazine
"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."
‑ Andrew Schenker, House Next Door
"[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."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"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."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"...a missed opportunity of nigh epic proportions..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Elia Suleiman is among the few living filmmakers to employ slapstick comedy in his work, and the only one to politicize it."
‑ Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
"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."
‑ Aaron Cutler, Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"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."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"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."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"If technique grows wearisome, still the rapid-fire, dry, visual vignettes do not obscure the picture of a community that cannot find its way."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Mark Keizer, Boxoffice Magazine
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