Omar (2014)

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,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 21, 2014
DVD Release Date: June 9, 2014
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Twisty and riveting, Omar is a well-directed crime drama with uncommon depth.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

A fraught film ...

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Forrest Cardamenis
The Film Stage

Omar is an obvious political thriller which consistently, insistently attempts to steer us in a particular direction.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

It's told with a stark, pitiless clarity that leaves you with fewer answers than before.

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Mary Houlihan
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Zach Hollwedel
Under the Radar

Beautifully shot, complicated, smart, and undeniably intense ... well-deserving of its place as the Palestinian nominee for this year's Best Foreign Language Film.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Omar is romance and thriller. Of course, trust is at the heart of the matter.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

The film works best as a straightforward melodrama set in an anything but straightforward world.

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Brian Orndorf

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Like with Paradise Now, Abu-Assad finds a perfect balance between delicate drama and taut thriller in this well-constructed Palestinian film that depicts with… More
Walter M.
Omar(Adam Bakri) climbs the security wall for his job in Israel at a bakery, in order to save up enough money to marry Nadia(Leem Lubany) who he trades notes… More
KJ Proulx
"Omar" surprised me. With such a short running time, I did not expect the film to have such emotional depth to it, but it really took advantage of… More
Christopher Haskell
Five years ago, I started participating in what I call the Oscar Challenge, where I watch every single film nominated for an Academy Award that year, and it was… More
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'Omar'. The stakes are high in this love story that balances tender and tense admirably. Ultimately, very Shakespearesque.