I have just got back from seeing the Israeli film 2012- “Out in the Dark”. If you have to chance to watch it, do so. It is absolutely brilliant.
The film is a love story set amongst the background of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
The story follows two guys, Roy and Nimr played by the incredibly handsome Michael Aloni and Nicolas Jacob respectively who meet in a Tel Aviv nightclub and then proceed to fall in love. It follows them through the difficulties of love across the divide, whilst throwing in a healthy sprinkling of Palestinian homophobia and brutality of the Israeli security forces.
This film sucked me in, with a light hearted and frothy opening and attractive and likeable characters and as soon as I was invested in those characters the story went to some very dark places and then ended in a way that reminded me of the Shawshank Redemption, as it should have ended in the original directors cut.
There is so much more I want to say about this but I will not for fear of spoilers. All I will say is that it is so much more than a gay romantic drama. It is about history, politics, culture and power as well.
Brilliant, Just Brilliant.