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Yossi & Jagger (2002)

Ohad Knoller , Yehuda Levi , Eytan Fox  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ohad Knoller, Yehuda Levi, Assi Cohen, Aya Steinovitz, Hani Furstenberg
  • Directors: Eytan Fox
  • Writers: Avner Bernheimer
  • Producers: Amir Harel, Gal Uchovsky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Hebrew
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: April 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001KNHAO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,603 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Yossi & Jagger" on IMDb

Special Features

  • In Hebrew with English subtitles
  • Special bonus: music video featuring the hit single from the motion picture.

Editorial Reviews

The moving Yossi & Jagger, at 65 minutes in length, has the focused impact and emotional clarity of a fine short story. A multiple award winner (among other prizes, Yossi & Jagger took a Best Actor honor for Ohad Knoller at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival), this unusual love tale, set on a snowy Israeli-Lebanese border facing possible Hezbollah incursions, has an unexpected sweetness and buoyancy. Knoller plays square-jawed, no-nonsense Yossi, company commander of an Israeli Defense Forces unit exhausted from sleepless nights anticipating an ambush. The handsome, fun-loving Jagger (Yehuda Levi), nicknamed for his rock-star appeal, is platoon leader and, unknown to all, Yossi's secret lover. The two arrange trysts by going off together on missions, and while Jagger begs Yossi to leave the army when the former's service is up, Yossi reminds him that real life is not a romantic movie. Meanwhile, the platoon's other characters and a trio of visitors--a colonel (Sharon Reginiano) and his two female soldier-companions (Hani Furstenberg, Aya Koren)--prove to be a lot of fun sorting out everything from menus to love lives before their next, possibly lethal mission. Director Eytan Fox's naturalistic touch, and ability to highlight the expansiveness of mature love even in the most tragic and ironic of circumstances, is something to marvel at. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

Yossi (Ohad Knoller) is the stoic company commander of an Israeli Defense Forces unit on the Lebanese border. Jagger (Yehuda Levi), who got his nickname thanks to his fun-loving rock star appeal, is the platoon leader. They have a secret. When they walk off in the snow together, it isn't because they're on patrol--it's because they're lovers. Jagger is more gregarious. He tells Yossi that he loves him, and longs to hear Yossi say it back to him. He makes plans for their future together, urging Yossi to leave the army with him when Jagger's mandatory service is done. Yossi can't bring himself to make any promises. "This isn't some. . .American movie," he tells Jagger. The colonel (Sharon Reginiano) arrives with two female soldiers, the irrepressible sexpot Goldie (Hani Furstenberg) and her more introspective friend Yaeli (Aya Koren of Late Marriage), who harbors a serious crush on Jagger, and is herself pursued by Jagger's nosy roommate, Ofir (Assi Cohen). As the unit's perfectionist chef, Yaniv (Erez Kahana) struggles to make a sumptuous meal for the commanding officer with meager supplies, the colonel tells Yossi that Hezbollah forces are expected to cross the border, and the already exhausted unit needs to set up an ambush that night. Yossi & Jagger, directed by Eytan Fox, was a critical and commercial hit in Israel. It was shown at the 2003 Berlin International Film Festival and had its U.S. premiere at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

Customer Reviews

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78 of 84 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly moving February 27, 2004
I wasn't sure what to expect from this Israeli film about the love between two male soldiers, and I was pleasantly surprised by the humor and surprisingly moved by the clandestine love between uptight Yossi and the more free-spirited Jagger (called that because he looks and acts like a rock star).
The movie is fairly short--maybe a little over an hour--but it packs a lot in a that short time.
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93 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brothers in Arms August 12, 2004
By NonModo
After a brief stint in Hollywood, director Eytan Fox returned to Israel and made this beautiful and passionate film which speaks through its simplicity. Though 65 minutes long, Yossi and Jagger captures the spirited elan and tensions of Israeli youths in the armed forces and presents certainly one of the most resonant film romances I have been fortunate enough to watch.

The film makes good use by perverting its own clichés with its characterisations and a predictable, sentimental story. The surprise is a truly touching portrait of youth on the front lines. In war some lose their limbs, some their minds and others their loves, only to be reborn. Yossi and Jagger doesn't wallow in it: it's fast moving; there's no time for preaching. Not until the film is over will you really start to consider its realities.

Yossi and Jagger makes no plea for any cause. That makes it immensely watchable. Here are two people in love, and other (unrequited) love interests, each with distinct personalities, frame that image, each character pushing its own personal objectives, whims, desires and dreams.

Ohad Knoller(stage credits) and popular Israeli tv star Yehuda Levi give excelling performances.

This movie essentially also delivers the pictorial completeness of David Kaplan's informative book: Brothers and Others in Arms: The Making of Love and War in Israeli Combat Units.

I also recommend Walk on Water by the same director.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE LOVE OF TWO SOLDIERS! June 9, 2004
I was a little hesitant to rent this movie after seeing "Trembling Before G-D", which was a real eye-opener to me. I guess we go around with our heads in the clouds, not thinking what other homosexuals have to go thru for their religion.... But , the two movies had nothing in common except they were made in Isreal. Yossi and Jagger is a bittersweet love affair between two Isreali soldiers, very well played by Yehuda Levi , and Ohad Knoller, you could feel the love they had for each other and the hurt Jagger was going thru because they had to be so careful as they were officers. Its hard to get a real grip on the characters as its only 67 min long and leaves you grasping for more. But Eytan Fox did a splendid job with the time he had. The song that Jagger sings is haunting in the extra video on the disc. I felt that these men brought back to Isreal some hope that you can have same sex love without the terrible angst they had in Trembling Before God . I give this great little flick 41/2 of 5 and will be looking forward to seeing Eytan Foxs' new movie "Walking On Water". By the way you can get the words in english of the song Your Soul on the message boards for Yossi and Jagger on imdb.ciao yaaah69
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Review of Yossi and Jagger by Cheri May 31, 2004
"Yossi and Jagger" is a touching and realistic film based on a true story about two Israeli Soldiers who love each other. At a mere 67 minutes, this movie packs in substantial messages. In one of the movie's trailers, there is a statement that pretty much sums up the movie, "Love Should Never be a Secret." How sad that being gay and in love has to be an exception.
An outpost of the Israeli-Lebanese border is the setting of the film where the two army commanders maintain secrecy about their relationship-similar to America's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Even if the other soldiers suspect, they do not make an issue out of the fact that their leaders are gay but you get the distinct feeling they would rather not know.
The viewers get a sense of what it must be like to live in a constant state of war, fear, and fighting, while defending one's country. While many young people are partying, going to school, falling in love, and enjoying their youth, Israeli youth are drafted into the Army and ordered to risk their lives every day. What kinds of hopes and dreams can these people have when they are fighting for survival? It is inspiring to see how they allow themselves simple pleasures in life to remember what they are fighting for and to maintain their sanity. They seek love, companionship, and fun to get them through this difficult time of uncertainty in their lives.
Yossi (Ohad Knoller) and Jagger's (Yehuda Levi) poignant love story is all too real. Yossi, first commander, wants to keep their affair a secret and Jagger, second commander, wants to tell the world. Jagger is growing tired of hiding his love and being ashamed of it. He is close to the end of his tour and he asks Yossi to retire from the army when he does.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful albeit sad love story--very succinctly done November 4, 2004
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Although one notices the handheld camera in some scenes since this was a low budget film, the marvellous love story pervades.

Actor Yehuda Levi gave a hearwarming performance as Jagger. This popular actor has shown himself to be very talented and versatile in this role.

Even though the Israeli Army is very tolerant in its position regarding gays and lesbians in the enlisted ranks, this movie shows how "don't ask, don't tell" pervades among officers.

Since Israeli soldiers are typically conscripted at age 18-19, they are inducted into a very dangerous duty, literally putting their life at stake in their very youth. The film portrays how they make the most of their spare time before a very dangerous manouver.

No matter what one's preference is, this tragic love story will warm and sadden almost everyones' hearts.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Film
Got this for my roommate. We watched it and I really enjoyed seeing the character development though the movie. A good film overall.
Published 3 months ago by Michael Coones
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely done
Unexpectedly entertaining and indeed tugged at the heart. Shorter film but the plot and characters were well developed and executed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by N. Lester
1.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Understand
I don't like trying to enjoy the movie while keeping up with the words at the bottom of the screen.
Published 4 months ago by Mary
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good gay-themed film
Interesting look at a gay relationship in the Israeli military. The acting was good, especially the Jagger character and the women characters. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Harry Thirteen
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film!
Wonderful film! Wish there had been a spoiler alert in the Amazon reviews however. I went into the movie knowing the character arc. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars Star-Crossed Military Lovers
I was so blown away by the candor of this movie, the depth of the director's perception, and the daring lovers. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Howard Greer
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost like a documentary
Here's a look into the Israeli army, at least in one outpost trying to protect their country. Yossi & Jagger are lovers. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lynn B. Schornick
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting
I really thought there would be more romance shown between the two lovers. The movie was slow and I actually fast forwarded through much of it.
Published 6 months ago by Bill N
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Yossi fans.
Although this movie isn't such a glossy production as it's sequel, it's an excellent small production, and vital for anyone who bought the 'Yossi' sequel as it follows on with the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jada
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Despite the subtitles (which I wish Amazon would let you know about) the movie was moving and very good, especially for a relatively short film. Read more
Published 7 months ago by HandyJD
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