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  • Summary: Three dramatic encounters between modern-day Israelis and the Bedouin people who are their neighbors, colleagues, lovers and employees. (Film Forum)
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 88
    It is haunting in its literal and symbolic meanings, which is the powerful, lingering effect of Yellow Asphalt.
  2. Reviewed by: Lael Lowenstein
    80
    With its remarkably intimate look at Israeli Bedouin culture, a subject heretofore little treated, Danny Verete's Yellow Asphalt is a deeply affecting and brutally uncompromising anthology of three unrelated stories.
  3. More than the sum of its parts.
  4. The inhospitability of the land emphasizes the spare precision of the narratives and helps to give them an atavistic power, as if they were tales that had been handed down since the beginning of time.
  5. Reviewed by: Megan Turner
    63
    So lovingly and perceptively filmed that you can almost taste the desiccated air.
  6. Dryly cynical; the scenarios pit plump, amoral, industrialized Jews against draconian, wife-beating, tribal Arabs.
  7. 40
    Though it's tempting to praise Verete for having the courage to show the worst of both worlds, only a propagandist could get away with being so reductive; an artist should be held to a higher standard.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2