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3.7
402 Ratings

Omar

Directed by Hany Abu-Assad
Palestinian Territory, 2013
Drama
  • Arabic
  • English

Synopsis

A young Palestinian freedom fighter agrees to work as an informant after he’s tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier’s killing.

Our take

Han Abu-Assad’s various films have all handled the many complexities of the Israeli-Palestine conflict with great precision and sensitivity. Despite moving with the caustic speed of a thriller, Omar is no exception with its intimate sense of life under occupation and political struggle.

Omar Directed by Hany Abu-Assad

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2013 | Winner: Un Certain Regard - Special Jury Prize

Academy Awards

2014 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

A taut script and an intricate plot form the structure against which Omar’s dilemma is strained… Abu-Assad and his cast create a sense of peril and unpredictability born out of conflicted situations rather than amorality.
May 29, 2014
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This gripping Palestinian thriller (2013) evokes Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers (1966) in its depiction of not only the psychological pressures faced by people under occupation, but the murky moral consequences of retaliating against one’s oppressors… Abu-Assad may be a tad too smitten with his own symbolism, but he keeps the action on point, and the ambiguous denouement is chilling.
April 16, 2014
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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
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