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Out in the Dark (2012)

Nicholas Jacob , Michael Aloni , Michael Mayer  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Nicholas Jacob, Michael Aloni
  • Directors: Michael Mayer
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Arabic, Hebrew
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E849QSG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,019 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Out in the Dark is as much of a political and societal commentary as it is an original romantic story. Compelling and intimate, Michael Mayer's taut first feature follows a border-crossing relationship between an Israeli lawyer and an increasingly desperate Palestinian student.

Nimer, an ambitious Palestinian student in the West Bank, dreams of a better life abroad. One fateful night in Tel Aviv, he meets Roy, 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 Nimer s close friend is caught hiding illegally in Tel Aviv and sent back to the West Bank, where he is brutally murdered, Nimer is forced to choose between the life he thought he wanted and his love for Roy.

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling drama from Israel November 9, 2013
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I watched the DVD last night and found this to be a very compelling film, showing the difficulties of gay romance between an Israeli Jew and a Palestinian in Tel Aviv with dramatic flair. The two actors in the leads are wonderful. This is a low-budget, shot on location film that is loaded with atmosphere. There are moments of comedy as well, but the tone is generally serious and, in the last 15-20 minutes becomes an intense thriller, with an ending set-up for a sequel, which I hope these filmmakers will make.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!!!!! September 27, 2013
By Xavier
Just saw this film here in our theaters! And WOW!!!!! very real and very Interesting!! One of the best gay films in ages!! No stereotypes which was refreshing! Well acted! Well written! Well directed! I give it a 10 out of 10!!!!

Must See!!!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Reality for Gay People December 7, 2013
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EXCELLENT MOVIE! They did an amazing job depicting the lives facing gay people in different parts of the world as well as class status. The culture in Palestine is so brutal that for one to come out to their family is a death sentence. This is in stark contrast to an upper middle class family in Israel where being gay is at least tolerated. Nimer’s reality was raw and in the moment; his life was built around survival and fighting for a better future. Being from an affluent family Roy’s reality was much easier, more about pulling strings and having things handed to him. Still, the two men loved each other so much that they were willing to do just about anything to be together. This was a fantastic movie and I recommend it to everyone ! ! !
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full Service Gay Movie November 30, 2013
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Social/political/romantic drama at its best. "Out in the Dark " is laced with suspense, murder, and violence that will keep you on the edge of your seat holding your breath. Immigration issues , cultural clashes, family dynamics, and homophobia make universal connections in this superb movie that could take place anywhere in the world . International relations have never been worst.

The lead actors are beautiful and believable. This is a full service gay movie.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film November 22, 2013
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This is a film about a relationship with its trust challenges but which endures them convincingly and sincerely. This is a tale told with great emotive power whilst being understated in many ways. The two leads are simply gorgeous on screen and compellingly render their story from start to finish. This is not simply a good film about a gay relationship, this is just a good film about what any relationship is founded on, true love. Highly recommended.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a winner all the way... November 11, 2013
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I have bad some bad purchases from Amazon in gay films. This one was NOT a mistake. It is a moving film. well crafted, and extremely thoughtful that touches hearts and emotions. I am gald I bought this one !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Complex and Dark Love Story March 25, 2014
I love foreign films, especially those that have engaging, well developed gay characters. This film is one of the best foreign films I've ever seen that deals with the disturbing and tense relationships in the Middle East. Both the main characters are compelling and interesting to watch and to get to know. Their relationship is beautifully chronicled as it develops. The last scenes are the most intense and riveting that I've ever seen, literally had me on the edge of my seat, not knowing how the story would end. I absolutely loved this film and will recommend it to all my friends and family. It's an important film to watch for many reasons. And it is brilliantly acted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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It is so sad that the Israeli/Palestine conflict destroys people who have a common father of their faith. Now that I have the politics off my chest I will address the movie. It was very dramatic but the ending was realistically dark and so sad. The movie did not do a great job and developing the relationship of the two men but in reality the movie is more about what happens to a gay couple who come from opposite sides of the conflict but who as just humans find each other and love develops against all odds. But what was so well done was the relationship between the gay man and his brother-in-law who risks much...spoiler alert here so I won't go on. But this is a great movie to add to ones collection. I love a fairy tale ending and this movie is not quite there you will not guess the ending. Well done.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
I'd enjoyed it!! Real good movie. You won't be disappointed! ! This is something that can happen to us...I'm looking forward part 2 movie!
Published 11 days ago by sclibra33
5.0 out of 5 stars An Intriguing Story
I had never heard of this movie and ran across it on Netflix. Having lived in Jordan years ago I decided to give it a try. Read more
Published 12 days ago by R. Howard Courtney
3.0 out of 5 stars I do not remember the name of the film director....I will not...
The deep of the subject is rather avoided by a lack of development, (The real feelings between the two boys and the inner turmoil generated by the situation Jew/Arab relationship). Read more
Published 16 days ago by Jean-pierre Enguehard
5.0 out of 5 stars Still thinking about this movie
If you like viewing your life experiences through the lens of a foreign culture you will love this movie! The chemistry between the two leads was undeniable. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars Dangerously Good!
Recommend it to anyone trying to see the Middle East through a different lens that isn't shown on main stream media.
Published 19 days ago by Senor Hammoud
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching
Well worth watching. good plot; strong acting and some complexity in resolution. The mainm actor is a novice but did a great job Entertaining
Published 24 days ago by Mark of the East
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Love Story Against All Odds
As others who viewed this movie, it's a love story between two men who must over come all odds to love each other. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Hector Cubano
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not quite believable
I enjoyed this movie more than I expected to but less than other reviewers. My biggest problem is the relationship between the two lead characters - I never believed in it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting
I really liked this story and was pulled into the lives of these two men and the hardships their lives must endure to be living where they live and in the culture they are force to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Marcil
4.0 out of 5 stars 2 lovers in Israel
2 guys try to maintain their relationship amongst
homophobic and violent surroundings. No spoilers here,
see for yourself. Fine acting by the leads.
Published 1 month ago by Big Band Leader
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