Elia Suleiman has a much larger budget and wider canvas to paint. The UK, Italy, Belgium, and France all contributed to a $6,500,000 budget that is well-spent in narrating a semi-autobiographical story of a Christian Palestinian family's life from 1948 unto the 21st century. However, Suleiman retains the key features of his cinematic motifs and mise en scene, utilizing sound design and motifs to the point some sections are akin to Chaplin or Buster Keaton.
This film is above all else a meditation on life, death, and the passage of time. The final section of the film, featuring the Director himself as a character, is a ballet of life in motion. Though set in the ordinary world, he creates an almost operatic element in the execution of the final act.