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Stay Puft
03-13-2014, 07:26 AM
OMAR
Dir. Hany Abu-Assad

IMDb page (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2852406/)

http://i.imgur.com/I14Zoro.jpg

Stay Puft
03-13-2014, 07:44 AM
I saw Paradise Now at a local film festival years and years ago, and remember enjoying it, so I was curious when I saw this was opening in Toronto (thanks to randomly reading NOW Magazine last week; and I don't remember hearing anything about the film beforehand, though apparently it won an award at Cannes).

It's well made and engrossing, to a point... I'd say I was on board for the first half or so... but the final act is a mixed bag. I appreciated the way the film became more metaphorical (I liked the scene with Omar struggling to climb the wall again) but was also disappointed with how the film strains itself dramatically in service of those metaphors (character motivations become inconsistent and narrative events lazy in their contrivance). It's a writing problem when a character has to sit and explain her motivations, essentially to the audience, as justification for the previous scene, as if the film knows we might not buy it - and this is doubly problematic because, as the film's only female character, she's basically reduced to making puppy eyes at Omar and spouting dialogue like "I'll wait for you forever" and other whatever. Meh.

Anyways, yeah, I do appreciate how it all functions as a metaphor for Israeli occupation (three childhood friends who struggle together against occupation end up destroying each other), but dramatically it just doesn't hang together. The ending is dumb, too.

Winston*
03-13-2014, 07:24 PM
I appreciated the way the film became more metaphorical (I liked the scene with Omar struggling to climb the wall again) In the moment I thought this was going to be the final shot and it was working for ne as such, but then it kept going and got more silly and cliched.