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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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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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
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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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 morePublished on July 17 2004
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
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
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 morePublished on June 27 2004 by klavierspiel
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 morePublished on June 22 2004 by Katya Levitan
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 morePublished on June 9 2004 by James R. Keith
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