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Out in the Dark
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's one of the most powerful films about the Arab-Israeli conflict that has ever been attempted on the screen."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"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."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"I enjoyed this one quite a bit it was the ending that struck me as the most impressive."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Glenn Dunks
"The best gay-themed films I've yet seen this year."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
"A tender gay romance conducted across the Gaza Strip that flips into thriller territory halfway through, to unsettling effect."
‑ Catherine Shoard, Observer [UK]
""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."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"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."
‑ Ella Taylor, NPR
"A brilliant exploration of the challenges facing homosexuals in other parts of the developed world."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Instead of looking for depth or verisimilar romance, director Michael Mayer turns his characters into mere cogs in a pseudo-suspenseful thriller."
‑ Diego Costa, Slant Magazine
"Borders on the boring."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"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."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"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."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Intense intimate look beyond tragic premise of Romeo & Romeo across Israel/Palestine wall. . . Suspense thrillingly builds to options the lovers have [for] romantic optimism."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"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."
‑ Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
"[Conveys] a palpable mood of claustrophobia, which gives the desire of the characters to escape abroad a convincing emotional resonance"
‑ Tom Dawson, The List
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