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Yossi & Jagger [Import]

Ohad Knoller , Yehuda Levi , Eytan Fox    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, passionate, tragic. July 17 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I saw Yossi and Jagger @ a Jewish Film Festival. I wasn't sure what to expect!It was tender,funny, showed good insight into life during an Israeli tour of duty. The girls were great! I wish it could have been longer. I cried and cried at the ending.I searched and waited a year to buy this movie,I've watched it many times and highly reccomend it,it is one my favourite movies.Does anyone know the title of the song Rita sings? or who sings in the music video at the end? I'd prefer a hebrew version.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect to much July 11 2004
By Lexx
Format:DVD
If you are looking for a gay themed movie...this is not the best movie.
one scene wich star with a snowball fight, ends up with a passionate kiss.
THATS IT.
The story is more about the lives of the commandos in the front line of the war
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3.0 out of 5 stars About the dvd July 1 2004
Format:DVD
I haven't read all the other reviews but it seems that nobody cared to comment on the dvd itself, so as a regular buyer, I'll do that.
The format is 1.33, and it doesn't look like celluloid. It seems to be some kind of 1 hour israeli tv-movie, so I guess maybe it was shot on video or something. Anyway don't be scared, this really matches the movie's documentary style and it's not a real drawback. I don't think the encoding is so good, but I'm no expert.
About the movie, it's formulaic but good. I mean, halfway through you know exactly what is going to happen next, but till then it manages to be fresh and believable. And I think the ending will get you anyway, so I'd say, job done.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cramped but eloquent June 27 2004
Format:DVD
Eytan Fox's film about the unlikely love between two Israeli soldiers packs a lot, probably too much, into a small space--in its seventy minutes' running time there are more than half a dozen sharply delineated characters and several plot strands. Yet the film succeeds for two reasons: Fox's ability to convey the claustrophia of life in a military bunker--the obvious low budget is turned to advantage here--and the efforts of an Israeli cast that is not only attractive but talented, with particularly excellent work from the two male leads and the beautiful Aya Steinovitz as a wistful female soldier. Though the course of the plot is ultimately predictable and there are some uncertainties of tone, lurching between harsh realism and gauzy romance (a slow-motion snowball fight, of all things, is interpolated at one point), overall, the film takes a potentially explosive issue and makes it work through its low-key naturalism and refusal to overdramatize.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great! June 23 2004
Format:DVD
To the "cop-out ending" guy - this is a true story, as I was told at the NYC screening of the movie by Eitan Fox himself, so too bad if it wasn't real enough for you.
To everyone else - simply a great film. Definitely get this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE LOVE OF TWO SOLDIERS! June 10 2004
Format:DVD
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Cop-out ending! June 9 2004
Format:DVD
Was a reasonably interesting drama which crashed to the ground with an ending that resulted from some sort of "deus ex machina" to avoid developing the characters and the plot further. Had real possibiliies for grapling with some heavy duty issues with gays in the military, etc. Disappointing that the filmaker didn't go further.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Review of Yossi and Jagger by Cheri May 31 2004
Format:DVD
"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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