Thursday, June 19, 2014

Omar (2013)

Director: Hany Abu-Assad. Cast: Adam Bakri, Leem Lubany, Iyad Hoorani. 96 min. Palestine. Drama/Thriller.

A Palestinian resistance fighter climbs the wall every day, to meet a young leader and carry out the next plan against the Israelis ... and to see his sister. After being caught and tortured, he's sent back to expose the leader, but also finds himself caught in a love triangle. So which one will he prioritize: his national/religious ideals, or his personal emotional affairs - the two of which somewhat contradict each other? I found myself increasingly absorbed towards the end of this Oscar-nominated film. A thought-provoking discussion-maker, which doesn't necessarily focus on the Arab-Israeli conflict as similar films usually do.

PS: This became available on Netflix just a few days ago.

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