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Out in the Dark (2013)

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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

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

October 2, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 3.5/5

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…
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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 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Out in the Dark

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 Zapata
DA Zapata

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½

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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