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Yossi

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The sequel to YOSSI & JAGGER finds Yossi still grappling with the death of his lover a decade ago. An encounter with a young soldier provides just the spark to reignite his life.

Starring:
Ohad Knoller, Oz Zehavi
Runtime:
1 hour, 24 minutes

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Genres Drama, Romance
Director Eytan Fox
Starring Ohad Knoller, Oz Zehavi
Supporting actors Lior Ashkenazi, Orly Silbersatz Banai, Ola Schur Selektar, Meir Golan, Shlomi Ben Attar, Amir Jerassi, Raffi Tavor, Shlomo Sadan, Gil Desiano, Bobbi Jean Smith, Keren Ann, Nuria Lusinzky, Elias Abboud, Rotem Ben Tora Knafo, Lidor Avraham, Nofar Sifiov, Doroni Motchnik, Gal Yaari
Studio Vivendi
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on April 19, 2013
Format: DVD
What a difference ten years can make! Director Eytan Fox and star Ohad Knoller return to catch up with the titular character Yossi from their powerfully understated 2002 film "Yossi and Jagger." Simply and appropriately titled "Yossi," this sequel-of-sorts is really an entirely different beast. The original film was not just a love story, but a look into the workings and relationships within a small Israeli army outpost. It had an almost documentary feel, a voyeuristic fly-on-the-wall vibe in which you learned about camp life by catching brief exchanges and small moments between all of the characters. In that way, it had a daring simplicity in style (and was not, perhaps, the movie that some people might have wanted). I, personally, think these choices made the film a great and challenging experience. The Yossi and Jagger pairing was woven into a much larger tapestry. So when the movie turned its focus on their fate, it was all the more real and devastating. "Yossi," set exactly ten years later, might aptly be described as a more conventional character study. It is all about Yossi, so Knoller is front and center for every scene.

We quickly learn that immediately after leaving the army, Yossi decided to study medicine. Now a weary and isolated doctor, he still seems haunted by past events and lost love. He has shut himself off from experiencing emotional vulnerability, and even life itself. The first half of the film highlights the mundane existence he has created by continuing to act as others expect him to. He's in the closet at work, and is distant to the two people who want to get closer to him. One day, he notices a waiting patient. It is Jagger's mother. And seeing her seems to awaken an uncertainty in Yossi.
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Anyone who has suffered the sort of loss that Yossi has will "get" this movie. Yossi's day-to-day grind with nothing to look forward to, his allowing himself to go to seed, his belief that no one could love him again, his fear that if he comes out of his shell or comes out of the closet, he will be scorned by his friends and co-workers -- all these suggest that he's defeated from the start. But he's not. There's a small flame burning, and this movie follows his painful progression. Yossi reaches an important milestone when he makes contact with Jagger's parents and confesses to them his love for Jagger and the truth of their relationship, something Jagger himself would have done had he lived. This marks the moment of Yossi's actual coming out with mixed results -- Jagger's mother rejects, Jagger's father innately understands. From then on, the changes occurring inside Yossi speed up until he's able to respond to a younger "out" soldier who sees in him the value he is unable to see in himself. Eytan Fox's direction is flawless, as usual. Ohad Knoller gives a heart-breaking performance as Yossi, and Oz Zehavi is charming as the young soldier who could bring "joie de vivre" back into anyone's life.
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For all of those who saw and were deeply touched by the 2002 Eytan Fox film, YOSSI & JAGGER, this sequel simply titled YOSSI will resurface all manner of fine memories of the original. Not only is this a fine follow-up film, a glance back at a gay love affair the took place in the Israeli Army that ended in the death of one of the lovers, it offers a story of the healing of grieving as well as the dramatic changes that have taken place in Israel concerning the current acceptance of gay men serving opening in the military. Times are changing, at last.

In the ten years since Dr. Yossi Guttman (the sensitive actor Ohad Knoller recreating his original role) lost his lover in the war while fighting he has become an honored but overworked cardiologist, living alone, having gained weight, and his only social life is connecting with same sex dates on the Internet. One of his dates (who responded to an earlier photo of Yossi) is Yariv (Gil Desiano), a young hunk who when Yossi comes to Yariv's house shows disdain for Yossi's misrepresenting himself and settles for a quickie just to get Yossi to leave. Yossi's other 'social life' comes from the nurse Lea (Nuria Lusinzky) who has a crush on him and makes advances that Yossi rebuffs. After a minor error in the OR Yossi's fellow doctors insist he take a vacation to recuperate his exhaustion. Yossi sees a woman in the admitting area, recognizes her as Jagger's mother Varda (Orly Silbersatz), does her echo cardiogram, and subsequently drives her home (Varda does not know Yossi).
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It helps to appreciate this film if you have seen the earlier more serious film Yossi and Jagger. Yossi and Jagger introduces the character of closeted Yossi who loses his lover Jagger because of war, and he is only able to verbalize his love when Jagger is dying. Even after Jagger's death nobody knows the depth of their relationship.
Forward ten years to Yossi the film. He is now a doctor who is alone, sad, and still grieving for Jagger. This film is somewhat lighter in tone in that there are comic moments as Yossi tries to get into the gay scene with less than satisfying results.
He meets a young soldier with whom he has an immediate connection. The young soldier is able to bring Yossi back to really living and loving. There are second chances if you will take them. Ultimately this is a very sweet romantic film.
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