Review: Omar (2014); directed by Hany Abu-Assad


The latest from director Hany Abu-Assad, and his first Palestinian feature since Paradise Now, Omar is pretty great. Upsetting, exciting, romantic, energetically filmed, great characters and scene-work. Also, best of all, it doesn’t present solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in any way, shape, or form – it’s far too street-level for that kind of sermonizing. Great stuff. Nominated for an Oscar this year. Highly recommended.

My review is now up at Roger Ebert.

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