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.
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.
Such good drama, so heartbreaking; and really rises above itself in the last 30mins to become quite an exceptionally made, well executed film and a triumphant feature debut for Adam Bakri. Leem Lubany, Iyad Hoorani and Samer Bisharat put in great 1st-time performances as well.
Strong, tough but emotionally solid film from Abu-Assad that tells not just another story of the Palestine/Israel conflict but a story of trust, friendship and self preservation. At times a hard watch but worthwhile as its twists and turns, though often predictable, capture the viewer. Performances are solid and the film's final act solidifies its reputation.
I'm always fascinated by the exploration of young love on screen. For the Nouvelle Vague, it was bubbly, free-spirited romps…but others have been 'less kind' to what love embodies. Enter Abu-Assad, who craftily uses amour to restate what Melville perfected in ARMY OF SHADOWS: suspicion. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is merely a canvas to flesh out the cold, harsh realities of love and war in an apathetic world.