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Yossi & Jagger (2002)

Cast: Ohad Knoller, Ohad Knoller, Yehuda Levi, more...
Director: Eytan Fox, Eytan Fox
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Studio: Strand Home Video
Genre: Foreign, Middle East, Gay & Lesbian, Israel, Features, War
Running Time: 71 min.
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
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, All Movie Guide

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pretty feeble by MbDooley April 2, 2006 - 4:01 PM PDT
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the production values are mediocre. And the depiction of military life is pretty sanitized. It's pretty creepy to see stereotypes of gays & israelis as oblivious and privileged fulfilled.

Lame by SCheslikDeMeyer December 17, 2004 - 10:18 AM PST
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1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Some interesting supporting characters, but the central characters were ciphers. The setting was interesting, but I had no idea who Yossi and Jagger were, why they loved each other, why any of it mattered.

Well Done by JMVerville November 26, 2004 - 10:50 AM PST
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1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
I enjoyed this film very much because in many ways it was a change of pace; it takes the unconventional, homosexual couple and then puts them in a military setting which provides for an interest backdrop to a very human story. I enjoyed it particularly because all of the characters from the cook to the main characters were very likable, and in spite of the brief nature of the film, I felt that they were still well developed. I did not feel as if the contents of the movie were lacking at all, and that the overall production was very professional.

The film was quick-paced and very quickly got to the point and resolution. In no way was it a tiring or boring to watch this movie -- I found it to be a very easy, very fulfilling watch. This film is nothing over the top but with great jobs done by all of the actors and the uniqueness of the story I recommend it to anyone for a decent film to watch.

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