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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 12 March 2015
This is a very good Israeli film on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which gets a very good balance between showing a region in turmoil and the lives of two private individuals who fall in love from opposite sides of the divide. The fact that they are gay adds yet more problems, especially for the Palestinian boy, Nimr, whose brother is involved in terrorist activities. The director wanted to keep the relationship in the foreground, and this comes across well; it is one of those films that does seem to be conscious of the need to balance the private and the social context to arrive at the truth. In fact it would be a good film to show for educational purposes, being admirably evenhanded and also showing tenderness between the two young men: a lawyer working for his father in Tel Aviv and a Psychology student coming from Ramallah to follow a course also in the Israeli capital. The love is quite convincing, but kept on a fairly tight rein as the plot moves tautly forward, involving the Israeli secret services and the plight of gay Palestinians who are hiding in Tel Aviv without a permit, Nimr not being alone in this predicament. It is shot in close-up quite often, and in dim lighting, but this is by no means a fault. The visuals are highly effective at suggesting two different worlds and the succour of love, the beauty of its discovery, and you feel that the nobility of the feeling doesn't let down its calling, but rather spurs the characters on to do their bravest. It is a slice of life well worth seeking out, which never has recourse to showing terrible violence in the way modern films often do, while letting you know what is happening clearly enough.
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on 31 March 2014
Similar in theme to the age old Romeo and Juliet, where two houses (one Jewish, one Palestinian) are alike in many ways. Both sons are determined, hard working and searching for that one thing that completes them. They find that in each other.

Deeply in love, they are faced with the hardship that makes the Israeli/Palestinian conflict what it is. Both sides making hard choices, and compromising principle in the face of what they see to be the 'greater good'. Ultimately choices must be made, and the consequences accepted.

Extremely well written, and both leading men make for a gripping and sensual viewing. Slow paced at first, the movie soon developed at rapid speed as the tragedy of the two lovers unfolded.

Certainly worth adding to your collection.
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on 30 October 2013
Having missed seeing this film at the London Film Festival, i was keen to get hold of it on DVD (this sort of movie never gets a release on the Isle of Wight!). I wasn't disappointed. Well actually I was but only for the reasons given in one of the other review - hand-held camera & appalling lighting - both of which are why I would only give this film a 3* rating.

I appreciate that gay-themed features rarely get decent budgets to work with, but this film really had an amateur fell to it, which was a shame considering the excellent plot-line, script and acting. The two main leads Nicholas Jacob and Michael Aloni are both extremely good - as well as being good-looking (Aloni in particular), and the story is engrossing and at times painful to watch. All of which makes it even more sad that the production company couldn't get more money behind it and make this a film worthy of the talent involved. Having said all that, I thoroughly enjoyed OUT OF THE DARK and would highly recommend it.
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on 3 October 2014
Most gay themed films are low budget and rather stereotyped which reflects the number of potential viewers and the centre of film making i.e. New York , so it is no surprise that problems of middle class educated gay men feature prominently in such abundance. This film however follows close on the heels of such wonderful films like 'Yossi & Jager' and 'Yossi' to name just two recent gay films from Israel. There are a few other foreign language films which deserve a much wider audience but which barely make their money back.

The plot is outlined well in other reviews so I'm no going to repeat it. Some reviewers seem more concerned with maintaining a political stance than reviewing the film on its own merits. The plot is not in any way unbelievable as some maintain. They obviously know little of the Northern Ireland conflict where even greeting the wrong person could be construed as a betrayal of 'the cause'. The British army used every trick in the book as well to get information from those they could compromise which is all well documented. There is no reason the Israeli secret services wouldn't employ the same means. Armies are much the same all over the world. Gay men are particularly vulnerable to blackmail and police forces know this especially if they can use the threat of returning them to their particular 'cultural group' who will murder them for dishonouring them.

If the film highlights the plight of gay men and women in the Middle East it should be commended for that alone. The lighting is not deficient in any way and most of it is filmed in the daylight. I don't know where that idea came from. This is a worthy film for anyone's collection and certainly needs to be more widely distributed to highlight the plight of a much forgotten group of gays.
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on 9 January 2016
Very well acted movie and pretty good direction and a fairly gritty story about to people connecting despite coming from opposite sides of a long on going conflict even if the ending was a bit obscure and therefore left me a dissatisfied ..it was well worth watching
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on 17 August 2015
The film delves into the separation of two states and a love story, but a love story doomed from the beginning. Great lead acting and story, and reminded me of 'Romeo & Juliette'
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on 10 January 2016
was expecting loads more... but ok story
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on 24 December 2013
Gay love in a hostile environment. Love, teams and drama. A must see for all people with an open spirit.
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on 29 March 2015
This film reveals once again what a contradictory society Israel is, in some respects a progressive and liberal society, in other respects prepared to destroyed individual's lives for the alleged greater good. It has been said that the behaviour of the Israel state can be compared to a teenager, with a lot of promise but not yet having reached full maturity in its judgements. The problem is that teenagers can only fully mature when they ultimately feel secure. Unfortunately Israel is a long way from that point. Of course, in many respects, Israel is a far more mature society than neighbouring Arab states. However, Israel purports to uphold the values of advanced western societies, and we must therefore judge its policies and practices by those standards, rather than through comparisons with regimes and cultures which we abhor.
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on 4 May 2014
This film strongly delivers yet another problem between Israel and Palestina. How can two gay men in love from opposite sides survive? The answer is simple - somewhere far away.

Politics aside, it is a terrific, hair rising falling in love story, superbly acted and directed. The script is dynamic, driving fast toward seemingly tragic conclusion.

Yet there is a light at the end of the tunnel - one lover sacrifices his career with a probable jail time to save another's life.
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