The Time That Remains

The Time That Remains

The Time That Remains

  Already in 2002, the Palestinian director Elia Suleiman, caused a stir at Cannes, as he and his competition entry “Divine Intervention not only the price of the International Critics also won the Jury Prize. Divine Intervention did not result in the headlines again as the film of the Oscar-election was approved on the grounds that Palestine was not an independent state.

Stylistically, Elia Suleiman’s works remind one strongly of the comedy of Buster Keaton or Jacques Tati’s Monsieur Hulot films; comparisons are also taken up repeatedly in the reviews. His previous films combined also always strong autobiographical elements, including The Time That Remains, which he showed this year on the Croisette. In four episodes, starting in 1948, Suleiman tells about his life and his family in Palestine. The film begins with an episode in which Father Suleiman 1948, Israel is fighting against the army and ends in modern Palestine under Israeli rule.

In his Blog Michael Sennhauser writes: “Suleiman succeeded with The Time That Remains again the trick of making a private movie so universal that its political component is overlooked – without the he would have to satisfy an agenda. ”

Is received by Julien Welter on Suleiman’s comic: “Jacques Tati once said that Monsieur Hulot’s last adventure was a movie in which the figure with the pipe and the too short Pants not even see on the screen would be, its presence because of his typical situations, but was still noticeable. Suleiman succeeded with The Time That Remains same trick. ”

Only Howard Feinstein ( screen ) also finds points of criticism: “His (Suleiman, note the red) film is monotonous after a few hours. Otherwise, he succeeds a successful blend of the political with the personal .”


Title: The Time That Remains Country of production: France, Italy, Britain, Belgium Year of production: 2009 Length: 109 (min .)

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