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Out in the Dark (2012)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 27 September 2013 (USA)
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A drama centered on the love affair between two men on opposite sides of the Mid-East conflict: Palestinian student Nimer and Roy, an Israeli lawyer.


Michael Mayer


Yael Shafrir (co-writer), Michael Mayer (co-writer)
19 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Jacob ... Nimer Mashrawi
Michael Aloni ... Roy Schaffer
Jameel Khoury ... Nabil Mashrawi (as Jameel Khouri)
Alon Pdut ... Gil
Loai Nofi ... Mustafa N'amna (as Loai Noufi)
Khawlah Hag-Debsy ... Hiam Mashrawi (as Khawlah Haj)
Maysa Daw Maysa Daw ... Abir Mashrawi
Shimon Mimran ... Daniel
Moris Cohen ... Shabak 1 (as Morris Cohen)
Tal Elimelech Tal Elimelech ... Shabak 2
Majd Bitar Majd Bitar ... Bashar
Alon Oleartchik ... Eitan Schaffer
Chelli Goldenberg ... Rina Schaffer (as Cheli Goldenberg)
Huda Al Imam Huda Al Imam ... Psychologist
Tony Haddad Tony Haddad ... Social Worker


Nimer and Roy are two gay men on opposing sides of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict who fall for each other. Much as they'd like to be left alone, both political conflict and orthodox beliefs will not leave their budding relationship untouched, with most of the egregious circumstances befalling Nimer, whom security forces pressure into helping them by stripping his access to education and threatening to leave him without family. Through his eye-witnessed death of a friend, Nimer knows he can't oblige. Can love find a way through this no-win situation? Written by statmanjeff

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Where truth must be hidden, love lives in the shadows. See more »


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Did You Know?


First film role for Nicholas Jacob, who portrays Nimer (Nimr on the subtitles) Mashrawi. See more »


The credits spell Roy's last name as "Schaffer" but the business card he passes Nimer says "Sheffer." See more »


Roy Schaffer: One time we used a stopwatch to see how long we could kiss underwater.
Nimer Mashrawi: How long?
Roy Schaffer: 36 seconds.
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Crazy Credits

"London and Kirshenbaum" clip courtesy of Channel 10 News flash courtesy of Channel 2 News See more »


Featured in Hands Untied: Looking for Gay Israeli Cinema (2014) See more »


Written by Natacha Atlas (as Atlas Natacha Joanna), Reynolds John Charles, Adams Justin Alexander
Performed by Mouna Hawa, Uri Brauner Kinrot (as Uri Brauner Kinrot.)
Publisher: Warner Chappel Music / c/o Media Men Group Ltd.
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Mesmerising, tense, romantic and unforgettable
12 January 2016 | by ivan_zagrebSee all my reviews

Out in the Dark is a movie about true love, giving all yourself to the other person. It is set in Israel and Palestine, describing the most powerful love chemistry I have ever seen on the screen. I got really connected to the both of main characters.

Scenery is really beautiful and story is really breathtaking. There is one thing in this movie that I almost never think about. It is music, made for the movie. You can almost feel it on your skin. Especially the last one ( France by Mark Holden ). Even today, when I listen to it, I feel very sad and get goosebumps every time.

There was a debate if this was pink-washing movie. I never got that in mind. Both sides are depicted in neutral way. They are both full of good and bad characters. I do not see this movie as political. It is movie about true love and sharing all you have with other part of your soul.

The ending really got me in tears, left me thinking about future of both characters. Song France makes you feel feelings main roles feel and makes you think about all good stuff they went trough together.

Definitely, one of the best love movies I've ever seen.

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Release Date:

27 September 2013 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$14,067, 29 September 2013

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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