Omar, the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict at Street Level

A fresh slap across the face.

<I>Omar</I>, the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict at Street Level

The latest chin-out probe into the mutual-lockjaw Israeli-Palestinian scenario from Paradise Now's director Hany Abu-Assad, this zippy melodrama immediately homes in on an athletic Arab twentysomething (Adam Bakri) scaling the West Bank wall and shrugging off gunfire in order to visit his swooningly adorable girlfriend (Leem Lubany) and meet with her older brother, with whom he rather blithely trains to assassinate Israeli border guards.

Neither Omar himself nor Abu-Assad sees a conflict here, but we might, particularly once the would-be freedom fighters arbitrarily shoot a soldier; Omar is arrested, tortured, and released as a secret informer, and the two lovebirds continue to talk about getting married.

Collaboration becomes the primary dilemma — until a more personal crisis overrides all. Abu-Assad is scrupulous about not judging his characters, leaving Omar bouncing around an ethics-free zone that sometimes suggests a low-budget action film, with plenty of parkour-esque chase scenes through the Nablus alleyways.

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Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

1886 Broadway
New York, NY 10023

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: West 60s

Angelika Film Center New York

18 W. Houston St.
New York, NY 10012

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: Greenwich Village

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Omar
Directed by Hany Abu-Assad
Adopt Films
Opens February 21, Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and Angelika Film Center

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The POV is unalloyed Palestinian, but the movie is so brisk, even-handed, and realpolitik you're never quite sure if it has anything to say. Reportedly, Abu-Assad wrote his script in four days, and you can tell — its programmatic twists and equations scan like default decisions, even as the characters pulse with infectious humor and their tragic spiral feels inevitable.

An Oscar nominee and award-winner at Cannes, Omar often seems like the conflict's close-to-the-ground, Don Siegel-style B-movie, which can be a fresh slap across the face compared to the usual can't-we-get-along homilies.

 
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