This Week’s Recommendation: Out In The Dark

21 May 2021

Title: Out In The Dark

Israel, 2012

96 mins, language: Hebrew and Arabic

Directed by Michael Mayer

Out In The Dark was the 714th film screened by RFS on 12th November 2013. It was the fourth equal ranked film of Season 51, with an audience rating of 90%. 

The story tells of the romantic relationship between a young well-connected Israeli lawyer and a Palestinian graduate student with an Israeli study permit. The film avoids simply being a "gay-themed" one by situating their involvement within a wider setting. In the first place each must deal with his family: families unalike in nationality, class, language, culture and religion, but alike in not accepting their son's relationship. But broader social and political situations from which the two young men come pose even more serious obstacles, for the film locates their involvement with one another against the present-day tensions between Israel and the Palestinian Territories. In a way, the individuals become symbols of these two solitudes, each wanting peace and security, but both slow to recognise that their futures are inseparably bound together.

The film does not lay blame and nor does it examine the righteousness of either cause. But neither does it pull any punches. It is commendable in its honesty in dealing with both Palestinian fanaticism and the heavy-handed apparatus of the Israeli security services. In fact, it even suggests that in the end these play into the hands of one another. Above all, it evokes the atmosphere of fear under which ordinary citizens on both sides of the concrete walls and chain link fences must live and work daily and terrible toll of fear on their personal lives.

Full film notes available in the Twickenham & Richmond Tribune -

The film can be streamed from Amazon Prime and discs are available from Amazon and other retailers.

Presented by Richmond Film Society

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