Omar Reviews

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April 17, 2014
This gripping Palestinian thriller evokes Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers in its depiction of not only the psychological pressures faced by people under occupation, but the murky moral consequences of retaliating.
March 13, 2014
It's told with a stark, pitiless clarity that leaves you with fewer answers than before.
March 7, 2014
Omar is romance and thriller. Of course, trust is at the heart of the matter.
March 3, 2014
A fraught film ...
February 28, 2014
Abu-Assad offers no solutions here. Instead he paints a portrait of the daily rhythms of the occupation, an endless conflict that has seeped into every aspect of life in the West Bank.
February 28, 2014
The film works best as a straightforward melodrama set in an anything but straightforward world.
February 27, 2014
Abu-Assad has created a convincingly noirish hell that feeds on distrust and vengeance.
February 27, 2014
The somber Omar isn't as controversial as Paradise Now but it too gets behind the TV news bulletins to discreetly put a human face on what is often just more electronic noise. Sometimes it's the quietest voices that are really the loudest.
February 27, 2014
Abu-Assad does a masterful job of showing, in these seemingly hopeless circumstances, the fragility of life.
February 21, 2014
A story of love and betrayal set against political tumult and violence in Palestine, "Omar" is both classic and painfully present in its concerns.
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