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Out in the Dark

Out in the Dark (2013)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 2

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Nimer (Jacob), an ambitious Palestinian student in the West Bank, dreams of a better life. One fateful night in Tel Aviv, he meets Roy (Aloni), an Israeli lawyer, and the two fall in love. As their relationship deepens, they are both confronted with the harsh realities of a Palestinian society that refuses to accept Nimer for his sexual identity, and an Israeli society that rejects him for his nationality. When Nimerʼs close friend is caught hiding illegally in Tel Aviv and sent back to the


Drama, Romance

Yael Shafrir

Oct 29, 2013

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (6)

It's one of the most powerful films about the Arab-Israeli conflict that has ever been attempted on the screen.

October 2, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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"Out in the Dark" isn't a political film by any stretch, but the intrigue and prejudices of the Arab-Israeli conflict certainly fuel the romance and thrills of this entertaining, taut movie.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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By the end, Nimr and Roy have become heavy-handed symbols for the ongoing clash of ideologies in the Middle East. "Out in the Dark" fared better when it treated them as people.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Even though the plot defies credibility at several points, "Out in the Dark" is gripping, and Nimr's tearful exile from his family breaks your heart.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Tel Aviv and the West Bank may be worlds apart in terms of culture, politics and religion, but Mayer cleverly merges them into a single claustrophobic continuum of paranoia, violence and corruption that corrodes everything it touches.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: NPR
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Ratchets up the tension on its appealing lead characters in believable, heartfelt ways while spinning out an edgy tale fueled by do-or-die sociopolitical intrigue. It's unique, powerful stuff.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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I enjoyed this one quite a bit it was the ending that struck me as the most impressive.

December 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Glenn Dunks
Glenn Dunks

A brilliant exploration of the challenges facing homosexuals in other parts of the developed world.

December 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Intense intimate look beyond tragic premise of Romeo & Romeo across Israel/Palestine wall. . . Suspense thrillingly builds to options the lovers have [for] romantic optimism.

October 11, 2013 Full Review Source:

The best gay-themed films I've yet seen this year.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
Movie Dearest

Instead of looking for depth or verisimilar romance, director Michael Mayer turns his characters into mere cogs in a pseudo-suspenseful thriller.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Though it's rather clumsily scripted, formulaic in structure and sometimes contrived, Out In The Dark is strengthened by its subtext and elevated by tender, affecting performances from the leads.

August 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

A tender gay romance conducted across the Gaza Strip that flips into thriller territory halfway through, to unsettling effect.

July 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Borders on the boring.

July 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

[Conveys] a palpable mood of claustrophobia, which gives the desire of the characters to escape abroad a convincing emotional resonance

July 4, 2013 Full Review Source: The List
The List

There's romance and tragedy, but little depth and no nuance.

July 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian

An intimate and affecting drama that slowly turns suspenseful, but the second act lacks focus and the chemistry between the two main actors just isn't strong enough.

July 4, 2013 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

By turns dynamic, dangerous and bursting with passion, Out In The Dark is a stark, swoonsome romantic drama.

July 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Audience Reviews for Out in the Dark

From a thematic standpoint this is an always interesting film, but as a narrative it is heavy-handed and ridden with clichés and tacky dialogue - and its romance never feels natural or involving but only contrived and mechanical, with a terrible performance by Nicholas Jacob.
March 8, 2014

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