Thursday, January 6, 2011
TrustMovies is sorry that Elia Suleiman's newest movie, THE TIME THAT REMAINS -- which made its debut at the 2009 Cannes and Toronto film fests -- is only now opening theatrically in the USA. "Now" being but a week too late to qualify as one of last year's films -- as which, it would have appeared on a num-ber of "best lists," mine included. I say this, as someone who loathed Suleiman's earlier film Divine Intervention. (Click this link to connect with my Greencine post about that 2002 movie.) Now, however, I believe that, had I seen that earlier film after I'd watched his new one, I'd have been much more appreciative.
WTF movie. With The Time That Remains, however, we absolutely know where we are: in a family history that also becomes a history of Palestine. We meet characters whom we watch age and grow (or not) and whom we grow to love in all their sadness, humor and near- suspended-animation. For they are Palestinian: non-citizens in the eyes and minds of their Israeli keepers, who, at their best, are mildly threatening and disinterested, and at their worst, possibly fatal.
narrator in his own movie -- follow the history, from 1948 until the present, of the filmmaker's family (a kind of everyfamily), as his father ages from young man to middle age to elderly, and Suleiman himself goes from boy to man. That fine young actor Saleh Bakri (Salt of the Sea, The Band's Visit), shown above, left, and below, right, plays dad in all three time periods, and the particular use that he makes of this quiet and silence is both provocative and wise (not to mention extremely sexy).
Exodus onwards -- that gave us that experience from the other side.) I want to see this film again, and soon, as well giving Divine Intervention another watch and viewing Suleiman's first film, Chronicle of a Disappearance -- the three of which have now become this filmmaker's trilogy.
IFC Films, opens simultaneously in theaters and On-Demand this Friday, January 7. In New York City, it will play at the IFC Center. Click here to learn how to get the movie via IFC On Demand.