Out in the Dark

2013

Out in the Dark

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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 West Bank and a terrible fate, Nimer is forced to choose between the life he thought he wanted and his love for Roy. (c) Official Site

Cast

Michael Aloni
as Roy Schaefer
Nicholas Jacob
as Nimr Mashrawi
Jameel Khoury
as Nabil Mashrawi
Loai Nofi
as Mustafa N'amne
Khawlah Hag-Debsi
as Hiam Mashrawi
Maysa Daw
as Abir Mashrawi
Moris Cohen
as Shabak 1
Tal Elimelech
as Shabak 2
Majd Bitar
as Bashar
Alon Oleartchik
as Eitan Schaefer
Chelli Goldenberg
as Rina Schaefer
Huda Al Imam
as Psychologist
Tony Haddad
as Social Worker
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Critic Reviews for Out in the Dark

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  • A Palestinian psychology student meets an Israeli lawyer and the two quickly fall in love with each other. While that alone could generate enough drama for fuel any gay film, Out in the Dark drops this love story into a sociopolitical firestorm.

    September 15, 2019 | Full Review…
  • An unflinching document about the violence and hardships LGBT people face in this hostile territory.

    August 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Out in the Dark creates an atmospheric sense of tension that soaks into every scene, but what's slightly lacking here are surprises.

    April 15, 2019 | Rating: 7.2/10 | Full Review…
  • Finding love across borders has all the potential to be a downright disastrous concoction. Yet, the believable constraints Jacob and Aloni's characters carry ultimately save Mayer's Out in the Dark, making this a solemnly weighty debut.

    February 26, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Tom Watson

    CineVue
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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 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • A brilliant exploration of the challenges facing homosexuals in other parts of the developed world.

    December 15, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Out in the Dark

  • Sep 10, 2014
    Out in the Dark is easily the most politically important film on my list, and it is with good reason. This Israeli romance film depicts the cultural boundaries of Israeli-Palestinian laws, such as their anti-gay laws and the corrupt ways in which they murder gay men in the Middle East. We first meet Nimr, a Palestinian student studying psychology and attempting to legally acquire a visa to attend a university in Israel. One night, Nimr escapes to a gay bar where he meets a seductive Israeli lawyer named Roy. They spend the night talking, exchange numbers, and are eventually able to meet again after Nimr acquires his student visa. The Middle East feels like a haunting character all its own due to its violent, homicidal laws and hate-groups against gay men. It is for this reason that Nimr and Roy proceed with discretion and cautiousness as they fall deeper and deeper in love. It is not long before outside forces surge against them, and the two fight for what they believe they deserve to the very end. It is passion, painful, and at utmost a noble film. The political standpoints portrayed in the film are frustrating and angering, allowing one to appreciate the freedom we have in retrospect.
    DA Z Super Reviewer
  • Mar 08, 2014
    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.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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