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Omar (2013)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 16 October 2013 (Belgium)
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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.

Director:

Hany Abu-Assad

Writer:

Hany Abu-Assad
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Bakri ... Omar
Leem Lubany ... Nadia
Waleed Zuaiter ... Agent Rami (as Waleed F. Zuaiter)
Samer Bisharat ... Amjad
Eyad Hourani ... Tarek (as Iyad Hoorani)
Mousa Habiib Allah Mousa Habiib Allah ... Sewing Shop Manager
Doraid Liddawi ... Soldier
Adi Krayem Adi Krayem ... Soldier #1
Foad Abed-Eihadi Foad Abed-Eihadi ... Soldier #2
Essam Abu Aabed Essam Abu Aabed ... Omar's Boss
Anna Maria Hawa Anna Maria Hawa ... Omar's Sister
Ziad Jarjoura Ziad Jarjoura ... Omar's Brother
Wafaa Aon Wafaa Aon ... Omar's Mother
Jehad Abu Assal Jehad Abu Assal ... Omar's Father
May Jabareen May Jabareen ... Suit Store Employee
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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.

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Once you collaborate, there's no turning back.


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Country:

Palestine

Language:

Arabic | Hebrew

Release Date:

16 October 2013 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Omar See more »

Filming Locations:

Nazareth, Israel See more »

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ZBROS See more »
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Official submission of Palestine to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category. See more »

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Tarek: Omar, there's a price to pay if you want to revolt and liberate your country. You don't complain or cry. This is the choice you made.
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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Excellent emotional and human thriller, with a political backdrop
16 August 2014 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Though it has it's occasional flaws (some overstatement) this is generally a terrific political thriller.

A young Palestinian radical is put through the emotional, moral and physical wringer after being blackmailed into becoming an informer (or at least professing to) for the Israelis, following an arrest that could put him in jail for life. While Abu-Assad's sympathies clearly lie with the Palestinians, his characters and situations are much more complex and human than good guys and bad guys. He sees the damage that being in a constant state of war and occupation does to both sides.

Beyond that, this is not a 'political' film first. It's complex web of betrayal, love, fear, bravery, and paranoia could be anywhere two sides are facing off in a morally and politically complex situation, especially where one side is a guerrilla uprising, the other an established government. It could be Ireland and the IRA, or South Africa in the more militant days of the ANC. The beauty and terror of Abu-Assad's film is that it's about people not ideology. And the reality that people on both sides are capable of great good and great evil, often for reasons personal as much as political. I happened to see this within days of the also critically acclaimed "Bethlehem" which tells a remarkably similar tale, but from an Israeli point of view. Seeing both heightened the power of each -- for where they overlapped and where they differed. I'd recommend seeing both to anyone interested in good, human thrillers and who is interested in examining the middle east conflict in more than simple 'right and wrong' terms.


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