Betrayal overlaps with trust in ‘Omar’

Adam Bakri and Leem Lubany (above) and Waleed Zuaiter (below) star in the Oscar-nominated film “Omar.”
Adam Bakri and Leem Lubany (above) and Waleed Zuaiter (below) star in the Oscar-nominated film “Omar.” pHOTOS BY Adopt Films

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OMAR

Omar,” one of this year’s nominees for the best foreign language Oscar, is set in the moral quagmire that is the occupied West Bank, but it’s told with a stark, pitiless clarity that leaves you with fewer answers than before. A pilgrim’s progress in reverse, it follows an idealistic young hero (charismatic newcomer Adam Bakri) on a trajectory in which everything he knows and trusts is stripped away, and it suggests that this is simply what it means to be Palestinian in Israel. Written and directed by Hany Abu-Assad (2005 Oscar nominee “Paradise Now”), the film is humanist instead of political, plot-driven rather than a polemic; it moves like a thriller and lands like a punch. In Arabic and Hebrew with subtitles.

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