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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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4.0 out of 5 stars THE LOVE OF TWO SOLDIERS! June 9 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Review of Yossi and Jagger by Cheri May 31 2004
"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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4.0 out of 5 stars Gay love under fire - short but sweet drama May 10 2004
YOSSI & JAGGER [Yossi VeJager] (Israel 2002): Two soldiers in the Israeli army (Ohad Knoller and Yehuda Levi) conduct an illicit romance whilst patrolling the Israeli-Lebanese border, though they are ultimately divided by their need for secrecy and the dangerous nature of their work.
Originally produced for Israeli television but screened theatrically in Tel Aviv to great success before opening nationally to even greater commercial and critical acclaim, this engaging drama from director Eytan Fox has been hailed in some quarters as one of the best gay movies ever made. Running a mere 65 minutes, the film divides its time equally between a platoon of soldiers operating on the Israeli-Lebanese border, and the two men at the center of a clandestine relationship.
Yossi (Knoller) is a brooding commander who feels constrained by his role as a macho authority figure to conceal his sexuality from the conscripts under his command, while Jagger (Levi, a popular Israeli heartthrob whose career was kickstarted by an appearance in the TV soap opera "Cheers for Love" in 2001) is one of his subordinates, a carefree guy who wants them to declare their love openly by retiring from the Army and setting up house together. There's a now-famous scene, early in the movie, when Yossi and Jagger make love in the snow (don't get excited - all you see are some lingering kisses and the aftermath, in which the two characters are entirely at ease with one another, free from the restraints imposed by Army discipline), but their romance takes up a surprisingly small part of the movie, which appears to have been curtailed for reasons of length (there's a number of images doing the rounds - one of which appears on the back of this DVD - from scenes which were apparently shot but didn't make it to the final print).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A moving love story.... May 1 2004
By Daryl B
I kept waiting for this movie to make it to our local art theater but it never came. Luckily it has arrived on dvd and I have finally had the chance to see it. Barely over an hour long, this small love story delivers a punch and good performances from the lead actors. A bonus in the film is a lot of Israeli culture and insight into the life of young Israeli soldiers.
The story centers around two soldiers, Yossi, a respected leader and Lior (or Jagger, as his friends call him, because of his rock star good looks and charisma). Because they are gay, their love is kept secret---a position Yossi is fine with and Jagger is tired of and wants changed. The two lovers sneak away when time permits and the love they share is warm and genuine. The chemistry between the two actors if believable and you find yourself hoping for the two to live "happily ever after".
There is not much in the way of extra features on the dvd (there is a video of the song Jagger sings to Yossi after their bout in the snow) and a few previews of other Strand Releasing videos and dvds. But it is the film that is important and this one is well worth adding to your dvd library. I highly recommend this touching love story to anyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, passionate, tragic.
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. Read more
Published on July 17 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect to much
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. Read more
Published on July 11 2004 by Lexx
3.0 out of 5 stars About the 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. Read more
Published on July 1 2004 by J. A. T.
4.0 out of 5 stars Cramped but eloquent
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... Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by klavierspiel
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
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... Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by Katya Levitan
2.0 out of 5 stars Cop-out ending!
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... Read more
Published on June 9 2004 by James R. Keith
3.0 out of 5 stars needed more!
good movie but needed more character developement for me to feel more for them. Good movie though too short to get sucked in like we could have
Published on May 23 2004 by VIN SCOTT
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and moving
The reviewer below that described it as beautiful, moving and emotional was right on. I throughly enjoyed this movie.
Published on May 18 2004 by D. Casto
5.0 out of 5 stars A diffrent take on CNN's Israel
Being an Israeli, I absolutely hate Israeli movies. I can't say why exactly, but it might be due to the undeveloped movie-industry here that usually produces bad movies. Read more
Published on April 27 2004 by Tamar
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