Niagara Gazette

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March 4, 2014

CALLERI: '300' sequel and 'Omar' light up area screens this week


Niagara Gazette — “Omar,” the Palestinian submission for an Academy Award, was nominated for the best foreign language film Oscar, but lost to “The Great Beauty,” an exceptional work, to be sure. “Omar” made it to the finals. Its place in the top five was justified.

Hany Abu-Assad wrote and directed this very strong political thriller about Omar, a young man, wonderfully played by Adam Bakri, who is in love with the girl of his dreams. But Omar must climb the wall that runs through his homeland to see her. His passion compels him to work for the Palestinian cause. The killing of an Israeli soldier results in Omar’s arrest. He’s guilty only by association. The Israelis force him to spy on his own people, and the powerful and emotional movie proceeds from there.

“Omar” is about the simplest of human desires. It deserves to be seen.

Michael Calleri reviews films for Night and Day. Contact him at

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