Yellow Asphalt
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Powerful, lingering."
‑ Loren King, Boston Globe
"Vereté has a whip-smart sense of narrative bluffs."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Brilliantly written and well-acted, Yellow Asphalt is an uncompromising film."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Together writer-director Danny Verete's three tales comprise a powerful and reasonably fulfilling gestalt."
‑ Keith H. Brown, Eye for Film
"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."
‑ Megan Turner, New York Post
"A sobering, impartial look at the human condition."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Director Dan Verete uses his camera as the metaphoric needle, and his cast in each segment as his thread, to form a sweeping tapestry of mis-explanation and contention."
‑ Jon Lap, Apollo Guide
"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."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"a budget affair that exposes the generally sad existence of the Bedouins while providing a precious twinkle of insight into their lives."
‑ Christopher Null,
"These three films form a remarkably cohesive whole, both visually and thematically, through their consistently sensitive and often exciting treatment of an ignored people."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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