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The Time That Remains (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | 12 August 2009 (France)
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An examination of the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 through to the present day.


Elia Suleiman


Elia Suleiman
5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Menashe Noy ... Taxi Driver
Elia Suleiman ... ES
Baher Agbariya Baher Agbariya ... Iraqi soldier
Zidane Awad ... The Student
Saleh Bakri ... Fuad
Amer Hlehel Amer Hlehel ... Anis
Alex Bakri Alex Bakri ... Poet Who Shoots Himself
George Khleifi George Khleifi ... Mayor
Razi Shawahdi Razi Shawahdi ... Man with Mayor in Car
Nathan Ravitz ... Haganah General (as Nathan Ravitch)
Alon Leshem ... Haganah Commander
Gideon Levy Gideon Levy ... Haganah Officer
Adi Krispin Adi Krispin ... Haganah Photographer
Oded Pines Oded Pines ... Haganah Officer
Mundir Hakim Mundir Hakim ... Fuad's Father


An examination of the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 through to the present day.

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Al Bint El Chalabiya
Lyrics and Music by Assi Rahbani and Mansour Rahbani
(collectively as The Rahbani Brothers)
Courtesy of Voix de l'Orient / A. Chahine & Fils
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Suleiman's Retrospective
16 January 2011 | by nyshrinkSee all my reviews

This film, like most Elia Suleiman films, uses real time, absurdity, symbolism and scenes from Suleiman's life, at the same time portraying history and current events. As typical of Suleiman it is also a very personal film, the most personal of the ones I've seen (Divine Intervention, Chronicle of a Disappearance). It is a reminiscence of his family from the time of 1948, when the state of Israel was created on the land called Palestine, to the present day.

The film covers events including the war of 1948, the death of Nasser, the resistance against Israeli occupation, and the deterioration of Palestinian society in recent times. It is filled with Suleiman's typical tragicomic scenes of interaction between Israelis and Palestinians. It is a very sad film, however, the humor that runs through the film, and the suspense that is created by filming in real time, keep the film engaging even though like Suleiman's other films the pace is somewhat slow.

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Release Date:

12 August 2009 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Israel See more »


Box Office


$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,453, 9 January 2011

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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