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by Kevin Taft
Wednesday May 22, 2013

The sequel to the tragic love story "Yossi & Jagger," "Yossi" picks up the story of Dr. Yossi Hoffman ten years after his lover Jagger died while they served in the Israeli Armed Forces. Now a respected cardiologist, Yossi (Ohad Knoller) is a depressed man who has let himself go and hasn’t pursued a relationship since his lover’s death. When he spots Jagger’s mother at the hospital, he is thrown deeper into his depression and it isn’t until a chance meeting with four Israeli soldiers that he starts to come out of his shell and possibly find love and life again.

A quietly affecting film, Eytan Fox’s latest looks at an aspect of gay life not often explored; That of a gay man approaching middle-age who does not fit the gay community’s mold of what is "desirable" and as a result feels he isn’t worthy of love. Beautifully acted by Knoller and Oz Dehavi (the beautiful young soldier who falls for Yossi), this is a subtle and hopeful examination of unconditional acceptance that doesn’t rely on overt sex to titillate and captivate viewers. It is tender and touching with a perfectly simple final moment. A gorgeous film.

There are no special features except trailers from other Strand Releasing titles directed by Eytan Fox.


Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to 'Star Wars' and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg.


  • Anonymous, 2013-05-30 15:53:38

    Nice review, but minor correction: the title character’s surname is "Guttman". ("Dr. Hoffman" was his colleague, Moti.)

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