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In ‘Omar,’ the West Bank Is a Backdrop for Betrayal | NYTimes.com

By A. O. SCOTT

Hany Abu-Assad’s new film, “Omar,” is about Israeli-Palestinian violence and also about three friends, young men who seem familiar almost as soon as we see them together. Tarek (Eyad Hourani) is the leader, Amjad (Samer Bisharat) is the joker, and Omar (Adam Bakri) is the sensitive one, handsome and athletic with the soul of a poet. He and Amjad are both in love with Tarek’s sister Nadia (Leem Lubany), but their rivalry is kept in check by their affection for each other and by strict customs governing courtship and family life.

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