Monday, February 22, 2016

Omar (2013)

Academy Awards, USA 2014

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

Adopt Films
Directed by Hany Abu-Assad
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4

A Palestinian teenager and his pals decide to murder an Israeli soldier one night. He eventually gets captured by a cruel police officer and is subjected to horrific torture. He reluctantly becomes their informant and helps them track down other wanted teens. His romance with a pretty girl who lives on the other side of the wall separating the West Bank from Israel is disrupted and eventually destroyed. Hard to find anyone to root for in this depressing, if well made, Palestinian drama. Sensationalized ending doesn't help.

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