DVD Review: Omar
Taking an honest look at Palestinian unrest in a film is akin to walking through a minefield just for fun: it has the potential to blow up in your face. Director Hany Abu-Assad wisely stays away from trying to answer any questions, instead opting for a character study, allowing the viewer to make up their own minds.
This tale of a Palestinian baker (Omar) who is in love with Nadia, is a bit of a slow burn to begin with, and at times confusing, but ratchets up the intensity as the film progresses. In an effort to be close to Nadia, Omar joins a militant group led by Tarek, her over protective brother. A third member of the group is Amjad, Omar’s romantic rival.
Omar seems to have a pretty good life, other than having to sneak over a wall to see Nadia, but this life takes a dramatic turn when his little militant group successfully kills a boarder guard. They seem to get away with it, until Omar is captured and tortured by Israeli security forces, only being released after agreeing to spy for them.
However, Omar isn’t playing by the rules and as the film progresses you’re not quite sure which side his is playing. The only thing that is certain in this intense political drama, is that Omar has few options and non of them look good.