It would be enough for Omar to be a successful action film set in a politically fraught part of the world. It would also suffice for it be a well-told and tastefully handled love story. But this film manages to mix and blend the two with tremendous grace. And, more importantly, it puts a human face on events which are perpetually changing history but which remain un-absorbed until they are at our doorstep, knocking, and then entering unasked.
February 22, 2014