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Yossi

by Kevin Taft
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Wednesday May 22, 2013
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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.

"Yossi"
DVD
$27.99
www.strandreleasing.com

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. He can be seen in the flesh on the weekly PBS movie review series "Just Seen It."

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  • 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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