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Out in the Dark (2012)

Out in the Dark (2012)

A depressing LGBT political drama that oversimplifies the Israel-Palestine conflict

5.0

Movie

Israel
Arabic, Hebrew
Drama, Romance, Thriller
2012
MICHAEL MAYER
Alon Pdut, Chelli Goldenberg, Huda Al Imam
96 min

TLDR

It’s just really disappointing.

What it's about

After meeting at a gay club in Tel Aviv, Palestinian grad student Nimer and Israeli lawyer Roy fall in love on opposite sides of their countries’ conflict.

The take

Stories of forbidden love are captivating, because in the face of a lover, in the face of one’s opposite, one cannot help but be challenged, hopefully for the better. This is not what happened here. Out in the Dark is a film debut that takes this idea in the Middle East, with two gay lovers coming from Palestine and Israel. It’s an intriguing idea, and had it been more nuanced, Israeli director Michael Mayer would have created a daring first feature, but the film clearly comes from a limited Israeli perspective, with no Palestinians casted or working behind the scenes. While the film may be sympathetic to hypothetical LGBTQ+ people in Palestine, Out in the Dark doesn’t have the guts to question why they’ve been persecuted in the first place.

What stands out

Even without considering the politics, there’s just something so rushed about both the romance and the thriller aspects that makes Out in the Dark not as good as it could have been.

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