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Yellow Asphalt (2002)

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Director Danny Verete's Yellow Asphalt is an anthology of three unrelated stories -- Black Spot, Here is Not There, and Red Roots, respectively. Though the characters and situations in each film are remarkably different (one chronicles the aftermath of a hit-and-run, another concerns an unhappy marriage within a tribal community, and the last follows a woman in a blatantly abusive relationship), the central plots always revolve around the clash of modern Israeli life with ancient nomadic traditions. Yellow Asphalt, unique for its sympathy toward the oppression of Middle Eastern women, took seven years to make, and features Zevik Raz, Moshe Ivgi, Tatjana Blacher, Abed Zuabi, and Motti Katz. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

Cast

Raida Adon
as Suhilla (Red Roofs)
Motti Katz
as Shmuel (Red Roofs)
Hagit Keler
as Anat (Red Roofs)
Abed Zuabi
as Sliman (Here is Not There)
Tatjana Blacher
as Tamam (Here is Not There)
Moshe Ivgi
as Truck Driver 2 (Black Spot)
Zevik Raz
as Truck Driver 1 (Black Spot)
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Critic Reviews for Yellow Asphalt

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Powerful, lingering.

July 3, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4

The passions aroused by the discord between old and new cultures are set against the strange, stark beauty of the Mideast desert, so lovingly and perceptively filmed that you can almost taste the desiccated air.

March 13, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4

The inhospitability of the land emphasizes the spare precision of the narratives and helps to give them an atavistic power, as if they were tales that had been handed down since the beginning of time.

March 13, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/5

Vereté has a whip-smart sense of narrative bluffs.

March 12, 2002

A sobering, impartial look at the human condition.

May 10, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…

a budget affair that exposes the generally sad existence of the Bedouins while providing a precious twinkle of insight into their lives.

December 10, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Yellow Asphalt

Three separate stories about Bedouin culture. Living in the desert requires a certain hardness that is foreign to western sensibilities. The first story explores the value of a human life. Sadly, in a place where life is hard and death comes easily, the answer will surprise. The second delves into the relationship between a man and his wife and how all of the power in that relationship resides with the man. The wife is free to leave, but only if she leaves without her children, something she is unwilling to do. The third investigates the Bedouin code of honor. A man's loyalty to the tribe is tested and found wanting. He is then banished from the tribe for turning a blind eye to the waywardness of one of the women. In sum, this film provides a small window on a culture that is totally foreign to us. Hopefully, we come away with a clearer picture of how that society operates and the rules by which they live, even if it does little to engender sympathy or even understanding.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

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