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  • Actors: Waleed F. Zuaiter, Adam Bakri, Eyad Hourani, Samer Bisharat
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Arabic, Hebrew
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Adopt Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2014
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JAGF9E2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,643 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is a very good, well acted movie.
Heidi
It speaks well of the daily tension, hopes, fears, reality and clash of cultures that is Palestine and Israel.
Peter Letheby
Good art often makes us sympathize with a person whose values we would utterly reject.
Nicholas C. Triolo

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 4, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
"Omar" (2013 release from Palestine; 96 min.) brings the story of Omar and his friends Tarek and Amjad. As the movie opens, we see Omar climbing over the separation wall (dividing Israel from the West bank) to see the girl of his dreams, Nadja. Tarek pushes Omar and Amjad to be more active in their fight against the Israelis, and at one point they shoot and kill an Israeli border guard, but it isn't long before Omar is apprehended by the Israeli police. Given the choice of being jailed for many years, or instead to be set free and lure Tarek into the hands of the Israelis, Omar chooses the latter. In a separate story line, we learn that Amjad also has his eyes on Nadja. Is Omar really going to snitch on his friends? Who will win Nadja's heart? To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: first, when you get a Palestine movie in which there is conflict with the Israelis, you automatically expect that this will be a political movie. Yet it really isn't the case at all. Instead, this movie looks at the conflicts of being a reluctant informant, and the resulting mind games being played. Second, this is an equally compelling family drama, with two guys chasing the same girl, of course in the context of strict family traditions and even stricter religion. Third, the movie contains a number of great performances, including Adam Bakri in the title role and the beautiful Leem Lubany in the role of Nadja. Last but certainly not least, I never saw the end coming, and it frankly was a little bit of a shock.

"Omar" scored an Oscar nomination earlier this year for Best Foreign Language Movie. The category was pretty stacked this year, and it didn't win.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas C. Triolo on June 22, 2014
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The darkness at the center of Omar sneaks up on the viewer: it is not apparent in the opening scenes, which establish a tone that is not dissimilar from a lot of uplifting issue films, portraying in color-soaked and agile shots the playful camaraderie that exists between its young West Bank protagonists, with a harsher edge suggested by the backdrop of the Israeli occupation and the dividing wall which separates the friends from each other.

The story is told entirely from the title character’s point of view. Omar (Adam Bakri) is an athletic, handsome, and charismatic young man, a baker by trade, and a resistance fighter. While his relationship with his family is minimally detailed, Tarek (Eyad Hourani) and Amjad (Samer Bisharat) appear to be an extended family of sorts: Tarek is an older brother figure, a leader in the resistance, while Amjad looks and acts like the youngest of the three, a diminutive, lanky comedian; there is also Tarek’s younger sister, Nadia (Leem Lubany), whose affections are one of the principal reasons Omar risks the fire of Israeli military patrols to scale the wall. Omar wants to seek her hand in marriage; Tarek, as Nadia’s protector, intuits their relationship; and Amjad thinks he may have a chance as well. This dynamic is established in one brief scene with minimal dialogue.

The three young men are shown firing guns and practicing self-defense in a small forest, chatting and joking; the psychological burden of the occupation is elucidated in Omar’s dangerous encounters with the patrols.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By drose on May 5, 2014
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I worked for the isreali gov several times ,so I began to understand the desporate problems that exist there..there has been conflict and killings for over 50 years ,fifty,,that means people have lived /and died,and never in thier lives ,knew anything but war...this sensitive well done film shows the Arab side,..,golda maier said it best..,"there will never never be peace here until those that want to make war,will want to make peace."..we cannot know how lucky we are to be Americans....a good movie. Watch it and understand a little more,,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 11, 2014
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Omar is a Palestinian who climbs the horrible concrete walls that separate his land from Israel to see his friend Tarek and his sister - Nadia - whom he is head over heels in love with, They have a third friend who also has the hots for the school girl Nadia. The three of them also class themselves as `freedom fighters' against the Israeli occupation, and take up arms to prove their mettle.

In the wake of their attack Omar is captured and turned informant. What follows is a twisted tale of cat and mouse as he thinks he can play one side off against the other and still get the girl. This though is far from Hollywood and the story is never going to be a fairy tale. To say any more would be trespassing into the realm of plot spoiling.

This is a very good film, but the plot can feel a bit contrived on reflection. It will also be criticised for being anti Israeli, but that was surely inevitable. It has its moments and also a quality of foreboding that keeps you hooked. The acting is all well above average and the cinematography is spot on too. It runs for 98 minutes and is in Hebrew and Arabic with fairly good sub titles. There are scenes that some may find unpleasant but it is all done with more than a modicum of restraint; all in all a film well worth watching, but not one you would not want to see twice as once you know the `reveals' it will lose impact second time round - recommended.
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