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Omar Killed Me (2011)

Omar Killed Me (2011)

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An unjustly convicted man fights for justice in this drama based on a true story. Omar Raddad (Sami Bouajila) had worked for years as a gardener for Ghislaine Marchal (Liliane Nataf), an elderly woman living in the South of France. In the summer of 1991, Marchal was founded murdered in the basement of her home, with the message "Omar M'a Tuer" -- literally "Omar Has Kill Me" -- written in her own blood on the wall. Raddad quickly became the prime suspect, even though he had a viable alibi, and he was convicted and sent to prison. However, a journalist covering the case, Pierre-Emmanuel Vaugrenard (Denis Podalydes), had a hard time believing Marchal would scrawl a message about her killer with her last ounce of strength, particularly one that was grammatically incorrect, and he began investigating the case, firm in his belief that Raddad was a victim of racism while the real killer had escaped justice. Directed by Roschdy Zem, Omar M'a Tuer (aka Omar Killed Me) received its North American premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

Cast

Sami Bouajila
as Omar Raddad
Denis Podalydès
as Pierre-Emmanuel Vaugrenard
Maurice Bénichou
as Jacques Vergès
Nozha Khouadra
as Latifa Raddad
Shirley Bousquet
as Joséphine
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Critic Reviews for Omar Killed Me

All Critics (3)

The adherence to a Grisham-like structure all but kills the film's chances of leaving a lasting impression.

March 22, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Slant Magazine

Bouajila, in particular, is excellent in the lead role, convincingly internalising complex emotions: defiance, desperation, anger, and defeat.

February 29, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
The Skinny

...a well-intentioned misfire...

September 16, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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