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Omar Killed Me (2011)

Omar m'a tuer (original title)
In the summer of 1991 an elderly woman Ghislaine Marchal is found murdered in the basement of her home with the message "Omar M'a Tuer" (Omar has kill me) written beside in her own blood. ... See full summary »

Director:

Roschdy Zem

Writers:

Olivier Gorce (scenario), Roschdy Zem (scenario) | 5 more credits »
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Sami Bouajila ... Omar Raddad
Denis Podalydès ... Pierre-Emmanuel Vaugrenard
Maurice Bénichou ... Jacques Vergès
Salomé Stévenin Salomé Stévenin ... Maud
Nozha Khouadra Nozha Khouadra ... Latifa Raddad
Afida Tahri Afida Tahri ... La mère de Latifa
Yanis Abdellaoui Yanis Abdellaoui ... Karim enfant
Ayoub El Mahlili Ayoub El Mahlili ... Karim jeune garçon
Martial Rivol Martial Rivol ... Président Djian
Lounès Tazairt Lounès Tazairt ... M. Sheriff (as Lounès Tazaïrt)
Liliane Nataf Liliane Nataf ... Mme Marchal
Catherine Salviat ... Hélène Carrère d'Encausse
Pascal Elso Pascal Elso ... André de Comminges
Didier Vinson Didier Vinson ... Juge Renard
Gabriel Le Doze Gabriel Le Doze ... Maître Beaudoux
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In the summer of 1991 an elderly woman Ghislaine Marchal is found murdered in the basement of her home with the message "Omar M'a Tuer" (Omar has kill me) written beside in her own blood. Despite a lack of forensic or DNA evidence, her Moroccan gardener Omar Raddad is found guilty and sentenced to 18 years in a French prison. Shocked by the case, and convinced of his innocence, journalist Pierre-Emmanuel Vaugrenard moves to Nice to investigate, and uncover the truth... A powerful and gripping French crime drama depicting a remarkable true story. Written by Anonymous

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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The scene where Omar Raddad's defense speaks to the press outside the courthouse saying, "A hundred years ago we (France) condemned a younger officer because he was Jewish." Is a direct reference to the Dreyfus Affair. Similar to Raddad, Alfred Dreyfus was wrongfully accused and convicted of treason for passing French military secret information to German Embassy and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1894. Despite evidence proving that Dreyfus had not commit treason and a French Army general Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy was the real culprit, Dreyfus continued to endure various court hearings in the same manner as Raddad. In both cases the French justice system was viewed as discriminating against Dreyfus who was Jewish where as Raddad is equally let down by the same system for being Arab and Muslim. Dreyfus was eventually released from prison in 1906 after serving a 12 year sentence. See more »

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Referenced in C'est qui café ça? (2017) See more »

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Roschdy Zem has chosen a great subject for his film about the blindness of justice.
18 May 2013 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

Omar M'a Tuer is about an ordinary person who has been put in prison for a crime which he believes not having committed. Director Roschdy Zem portrays that there are very few possibilities for an ordinary man to defend his honor in a criminal case where the real culprit is enjoying his life elsewhere. As a part legal drama as well as part social commentary, Omar M'a Tuer is a socially relevant film about the ineffectiveness of the criminal justice system in France. About his decision to choose direction it needs to be stated that actors making their foray in the field of cinema is a positive development as they can give much needed boost to films which are based on original content. It can be surmised that while watching "Omar M'a Tuer", those viewers who know much about French culture and history would not hesitate a bit in drawing parallels between the film's tale and Emile Zola's infamous Dreyfus case. In both cases, public opinions were more in favor of underdogs who did not have much political power to pursue their cases.


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Country:

France | Morocco

Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

22 June 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Omar - Ein Justizskandal See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,439,826
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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