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Omar

“Palestine’s nominee in the foreign-language film Oscar race is billed as a thriller, but slow to reveal itself that way. The title character is introduced scaling the separation wall in the West Bank, only to have a bullet narrowly miss his skull. The film spends some time building up Omar’s routine, one in which humiliation by the ruling Israelis is always a lurking possibility.
“It transpires that Omar and his childhood friends Tarek and Amjad are planning a sniper attack on an Israeli military outpost. Omar is captured, then released on condition that he become an informant and turn in Tarek. Omar is in love with Tarek’s sister Nadja; she’s the one bit of hope he has for the future. What he will do to hang on to Nadja, and through her, some semblance of real life, propels the suspense.
“Director Hany Abu-Assad knows how to create a twisty plot full of double-crossing characters, and how to make their fates feel desperately urgent. Omar eventually becomes a sun-scorched neo-noir — and the fade-out is an unforgettable jolter.” - New York Post

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