Directed by Hany Abu-Assad
Palestinian Territories, 2013
Cornerhouse, 1 June 2014
In any context, war and love make for an anxious brew – and it is clear that here there can be only one victor.
Living in the West Bank and smitten with Nadia, the sister of a fighter in the Palestine resistance, Omar becomes entangled in both. By malign machination, his dreams and ambitions are slowly, ineluctably, taken from him. They matter not at all.
It is an absorbing film which manages to capture a great spectrum of human experience: joy and happiness, callous betrayal, gentle love, brutal torture, martial virtue, despair and desperation. The performances are splendid, not least from Waleed Zuaiter as an Israeli agent. Not once does it falter or lag.