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Yossi & Jagger [DVD]

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  • Actors: Ohad Knoller, Yehuda Levi, Assi Cohen, Aya Steinovitz, Hani Furstenberg
  • Directors: Eytan Fox
  • Writers: Avner Bernheimer
  • Producers: Amir Harel, Gal Uchovsky
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Hebrew
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Tla
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Nov. 2005
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B64VGM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,175 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Israeli drama. Yossi (Ohad Knoller) and Jagger (Yehud Levi) are two conscripts in the Israeli army who are secretly in love. Stationed in an isolated outpost, along with female soldier Ya'eli (Aya Koren), who is secretly in love with Jagger herself, the soldiers wait for an impending attack. As tensions mount, Jagger puts pressure on Yossi to leave the army and live openly together, but can the troops even survive the night's ambush?

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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67 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Mark Mckie on 16 Mar. 2006
Format: DVD
The film is about 2 Israeli soldiers stationed on the Lebanon border and although the protagonists keep their love for each other a secret, there is no sense that this is because of homophobia in the Israeli army (quite the contrary apparently). It has been compared to Brokeback Mountain but somehow Yossi and Jagger seems more realistic. The characters were certainly more loveable (you'll want to take Jagger home) and the main love scene almost magical. It is a short film (just over 60 mins) but it leaves you wishing it was longer (whereas I found myself wishing Brokeback was a bit shorter).
It is the type of gay film you would want your straight friends to see.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan Filson on 23 April 2011
Format: DVD
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Other reviews have set out the synopsis, so I won't repeat it here. This is a fine film, not least because of the subtle acting of Ohad Knoller for whom it is easy to have the hots! The banter of barracks is credible. The lover affairs is tender. What I found especially moving was the final scenes where a woman puts herself forward as a possible fiancee for one of the gay protagonists - the hurting effect on his partner is shown with great sensitivity. I agree the sense of loss at this film ending after only 60 minutes, and if I deny the fifth star it is only because I felt the plot moved too fast to the inevitable battle before we had got to know more fully the characters of the protagonists. Still a good watch and a possible buy - I have not regretted my purchase.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By J. N. Valente VINE VOICE on 30 April 2006
Format: DVD
Yes, this film is all of the above. I could have added that it's immensely moving. It certainly packs a big punch considering its duration (a little over an hour).
I came to this film expecting a love story and, OK, something erotic. The film is a love story and the eroticism is there, albeit very subtly. But it is also a movie about personal priorities, about opportunities, only marginally about war - but very much about time being wasted. It is not about homophobia faced triumphantly or otherwise. Yossi & Jagger's characters are discreet by force of circumstance, but one suspects a heterosexual couple would also be. They are in the army, and fighting in a war zone after all. Yossi very much wants to focus on that for the time being. Jagger wants to make plans for the future and for him the future can't come soon enough.
I won't spoil the ending for anyone who hasn't seen this gem of a movie yet (do it now!) except to say that even there I was not sure of my emotions by the times the end credits started rolling.
I would have liked more scenes with... everyone, actually. Don't get me wrong, there's depth and development and insight. But I became so fond of this film. One of the all-time greats.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JOSEPH OLIVER on 27 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A wonderful film! But regrettably far too short. The relationship between the two men is beautifully explored as they spend time in a military outpost under constant threat of enemy attack . No one is aware of their relationship and this leads to a lot of emotional confusion for the other soldiers as they feel they are being excluded or ignored. None of them puts their relationship in its correct category. It explores the reluctance of Yossi to come out while serving as an officer and Jagger's desperation to be fully out emotionally and fully out of the army. Both of them are operating in a very tightly controlled environment but on one occasion they concoct a patrol and we have a lovely few minutes of the depths of their love for each other. Jagger should be bottled and sold as a soul enhancer!
It's a pity it's so short and I suspect there may be a further 30 minutes of this film on the directors cutting room floor. Either way it should be seen by any person who believes in the flowering of love in even the most inhospitable environments.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By LISA CARDIFF on 30 April 2006
Format: DVD
I ordered this film not really knowing what to expect, to say i was pleasantly surprised is an understatement.To find such a heartwarming love story set against the backdrop of war, and the way each individual deals with the day to day duties required of them was quite unusual. The two main characters were thoroughly convincing and i found myself hoping that they would not get discovered and would be able to live happily ever after. As the story unfolds you start to get the feeling that this my not be the outcome. When the film reaches it climax it is both believeable and heartbreaking, and leaves you with a sense of longing. Considering the length of the film (far to short in my opinion) this is quite an achievement. I found the whole film quite original and thought about Yossi and Jagger for some time afer,the fact that i actually cared about the characters says quite a lot about this short but thought provoking film.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By thomas12321 on 14 May 2006
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I agree with the other reviewers - the only fault in this movie is the length, it's simply too short. But it's too short, not in the sense that something's missing from the story; rather, it feels too short because you'd want to see more of the lives of these characters.

It's a very realistic movie, almost documentary in places, with handheld camera and a somewhat gritty picture. The acting is subtle - for instance, when one of the girls (who has a crush on Jagger) questions Yossi about his lover, thinking they are just friends, you clearly sense the mild panic he's feeling by a slight change of posture, frown, etc.

And there's the scene at the end where Yossi mouths the words of the song of which Jagger sang his very own version earlier on - I can't really describe the emotional impact of that moment.

Yossi and Jagger are gay lovers but homosexuality is not really the issue of this movie. Jagger seems ready to meet the world as the person he is, he still has a bit of a child in him (and is all the more adorable for it). Yossi is the more hesitant and his responsibilty weighs heavy on him. Consequently, there is some friction between them. But heterosexual love is shown to be just as difficult. The theme of the movie is rather the fleetingness, but also the intensity and depth, of human happiness.

In that sense I see why people compare it with Brokeback Mountain, an excellent movie in its own right. But the moments of "high drama" and "big scenes" that still show through in Brokeback are entirely absent from Yossi and Jagger making it exceptionally truthful.

The dialogue is in Hebrew so you may wish to watch the film a couple of times, paying attention to the subtitles to begin with, then later on concentrating on the picture. I noticed that as I got used to it, the sound of the language in itself seemed to convey a meaning (I know no Hebrew at all!). I certainly wouldn't want to watch an English-language remake!
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