Screened as part of NZIFF 2010
Elia Suleiman’s blackly comic memoir of growing up Palestinian in Israel is steeped in retrospective understanding of what he didn’t understand at the time: his dashing father’s participation in the doomed resistance of 1948, and his parents’ subsequent lifelong adjustment to their powerlessness. As funny and imposingly ironic as his two earlier films (eg Divine Intervention, NZIFF02), this one is uniquely freighted with filial love. — BG.
“Suleiman makes deadpan comedies. They’re often as witty, at least in terms of pacing and unspoken desperation, as Buster Keaton’s… But here’s the provocative thing: Suleiman’s subject is, and always has been, Palestinian-Israeli relations and Arabic issues. Perhaps black comedy is the only sane response to an insane situation… The Time That Remains… is filled with small, brilliant set pieces… Suleiman is turning the political into something extremely hysterical.” — Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out NY