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A tense, gripping thriller about betrayal, suspected and real, in the Occupied Territories. Omar (Adam Bakri) is a Palestinian baker who routinely climbs over the separation wall to meet up with his girl Nadja (Leem Lubany). By night, he's either a freedom fighter or a terrorist-you decide-ready to risk his life to strike at the Israeli military with his childhood friends Tarek (Eyad Hourani) and Amjad (Samer Bisharat). Arrested after the killing of an Israeli soldier and tricked into an admission of guilt by association, he agrees to work as an informant. So begins a dangerous game-is he… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A fraught film ..."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Beautifully shot, complicated, smart, and undeniably intense ... well-deserving of its place as the Palestinian nominee for this year's Best Foreign Language Film."
‑ Zach Hollwedel, Under the Radar
"Bakri gives a richly detailed performance, often allowing his stoicism to slip and reveal the confused and angry young man within."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, The Australian
"Abu-Assad is simply reflecting the ever-changing nature of his characters' daily lives in a fraught and strange environment in which betrayal has become endemic."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"It's told with a stark, pitiless clarity that leaves you with fewer answers than before."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"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."
‑ Mary Houlihan, Chicago Sun-Times
"Doesn't provide easy answers as it builds its pressure cooker environment, putting primary attention on the personalities involved, allowing for a human perspective as it details acts of breathless survival and suffocating paranoia."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Abu-Assad does not aim for the Dardennes' breathless immediacy. Rather, the story is laid out in a lucid, diagrammatic way, like a mathematical proof that for someone in Omar's position there are no right choices."
‑ Jake Wilson, Sydney Morning Herald
"As in his Golden Globe-winning 2005 drama Paradise Now, Israeli filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad takes a complex, personal approach to a touchy political-religious situation in this Palestinian love story."
‑ Rich Cline,
"Omar is romance and thriller. Of course, trust is at the heart of the matter."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"The film works best as a straightforward melodrama set in an anything but straightforward world."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"From button-pushing Palestinian writer/director Hany Abu-Assad, who gave us the inflammatory Paradise Now in 2005, comes an equally piercing, if less politically strident look at life under Israeli occupation."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"This is a subtle political film: one that fully dramatises a situation and lets us think out its contradictions for ourselves."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Observer [UK]
"The end result is a nerve-rattling entertainment flavoured by vigorous, deeply felt polemic."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
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