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The Time that Remains [DVD]

Elia Suleiman , Saleh Bakri , Elia Suleiman    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Elia Suleiman, Saleh Bakri, Samar Qudha Tanus, Shafika Bajjali
  • Directors: Elia Suleiman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Arabic
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Drakes Avenue
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Oct 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,352 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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The Time That Remains is a semi-autobiographical film, in four episodes, about a family, my family, from 1948 until recent times. The film is inspired by my father's private diaries, starting from when he was a resistance fighter in 1948, and by my mother's letters to family members who were forced to leave the country. Combined with my intimate memories of them and with them, the film attempts to portray the daily life of those Palestinians who remained and were labelled "Israeli-Arabs", living as a minority in their own homeland. - Elia Suleiman

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Arabic ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Hebrew ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: 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. The Time That Remains is Suleiman's third film about Israel's relationship with Palestinians, following Chronicle of a Disappearance and Divine Intervention. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, ...The Time That Remains ( El tiempo que queda ) ( Il tempo che ci rimane )

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deadpan Humour at its best. 5 Nov 2010
The Time that Remains: Chronicle of a Present Absentee is a film that falls back to the classic roots of film making that will give you and your friends much to talk about after watching. And watch it many times you will. By melodically guiding you through the life and times of a young father and his family trying to live a normal existence in very abnormal circumstances, Suleiman tells the story of his own childhood during the creation of the State of Israel, and portrays events documented in his fathers diaries. We view these events through Suleimans own eyes and sometimes with us as the other person in the room, and go with him from boyhood to present day.

When you have finished you feel as though you have been taken on a real journey, not in the same sense as that of a Hollywood Studio flick that fires you up and then shoots you back down with a crash - the pace of the picture is much slower, allowing us to take in each shot that has been definitively structured, and appreciate the feelings and sentiment of the characters and the absurdity of the situation that they find themselves.

It is upon reflection that you start to question which parts are based on fact and which are purely symbolic. Memorable scenes include the policeman on patrol trying to enforce a curfew on the young revellers, and then the young mother who is told to 'go home' by the occupying forces as she walks through a stand off between them and the Palestinian freedom fighters - the irony is not lost.

Suleimans on screen persona has been compared to that of Tati and Keaton in terms of the silent observer there for comic relief, and there are many crossovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Time That Remains (DVD) 5 July 2011
this is the third in a series of three semi-autobiographical tales of the life of an indigenous Palestinian from Nazareth, whose family managed to remain intact during '48 war. the Director, Elia Suleiman's family is seen thru his childhood recollections of family community and invading occupiers. This director has an uncanny ability to communicate the surreality of this invasion, interspersed with family life in anything but a dour manner...his expressionless face serves as a canvas for the viewer to paint one's own feelings. Words cannot convey the significance of seeing the presentation of the Nakbah portrayed in film....especially for the North American audiences who will minimally get to see this film...therefore I was grateful to be able to purchase and view this brilliant film thanks to Amazon UK . Loved it!.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
By technoguy VINE VOICE
Elia Suleiman's film The Time That Remains is a masterly drawing from his father's memoirs,sketching out in fragmented vignettes of brilliantly composed tableaux and dead-pan episodes of humour the pain of Palestinians(here"Arab-Israeli's")living under occupation in Nazareth, from 1948 to the present.The spirit of Tati and Keaton reign supreme.This is not a blow-by-blow account but a microcosm of noises-off,of mini-theatrical happenings, especially in the personal slant on his family.Scenes have been shot where events took place.

We rarely think about ordinary life under occupation or the culture shock of suddenly finding yourself living in an Israeli-conquered town for Palestinian Arabs.With the precision and verve of silent comedy,Suleiman rearranges the chaos of reality into aesthetic order,patterns of inter-related harmonies, through translation into cinematic moments,language.The film is structured into 4 parts after a prologue of Suleiman's visitation of his widowed mother, the drive from airport to Nazareth,an existential void,following the fall-out of 1948,hence'getting lost'.

1948 is the Big Bang for the Palestinian people.The Mayor of Nazareth signs an unconditional surrender of Nazareth to the Israeli troops.Palestinian soldiers flee throwing off their keffiyehs.This historic starting point allows Suleiman to voyage around his father,Fuad's(Saleh Bakri) life.One very powerful scene when after capture,he is blind-folded and made to kneel in an olive grove full of other detainees.We get rustling leaves,crickets,birdsong, breezes,the beauty of Palestine's landscape,but a gun to his head and a count to ten.The title is a warning.

Many of his family have departed for Amman.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not nice... 4 July 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Boring film with an odd plot.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly boring 8 May 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Very disappointing - the characters are flat and almost comically unreal. I gave up half-way through, totally unable to empathise with any of the situations shown.
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