Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Time That Remains (2010)

Utterly brilliant deadly serious farce/satire look at Arab Israeli situation from 1948 until now. Following various characters the film charts the stupidity of war and how, ultimately we're all the same.

It's kind of hard to explain the plot of the film other than to say it covers the life and times of the various characters over the sixty plus years from the founding of Israel until now. I know it kind of sounds like a cop out to say just see the film, but just see the film. The madness of life is there and it's done in such away that you'll end up wondering why we all don't get along with each other when you stop to think about it, we all are really living with each other anyway.

I really liked the film. rarely do you get to see people really being people and not cartoons or characters. Sure some of this is silly (covering the guy on the cell phone with a tank) but life is like that, just as the sudden dark turns never seem out of place (shooting the woman who taunts the soldiers). It's all life wonderfully portrayed.

Equally wonderful is how the film is shot. Rarely has the wide screen frame been used so magnificently. Not only do we see what is happening, but things are framed so that very often the very notion of the film being a film is demolished. We are in places looking through windows or doors, watching events transpire in "real" time. And of course it all looks great. You'll want to hop on a plane and go see the country yourself.

This is one of my finds of 2011. I just loved this film a great deal, and was annoyed when I saw this late one night on Sundance Selects pay per view service since I knew I wasn't going to be able to watch it one or two more times in the 24 hour rental period.

See this film, it's a great film that you'll enjoy as a story and as something greater.

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