- Actors: Ohad Knoller, Oz Zehavi
- Directors: Eytan Fox
- Format: PAL
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
- DVD Release Date: 10 Dec. 2012
- Run Time: 84 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- ASIN: B009050H0Y
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,065 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Yossi, a gay man living a solitary existence in Tel Aviv is a perennially sad, workaholic doctor. His mundane routine is shaken when a blast from his past sets him on a journey of self discovery.
Their brief but emotionally charged reunion unnerves Yossi enough to make him spontaneously leave Tel Aviv. It is only then, on the desolate roads of southern Israel, that an encounter with a group of lively young soldiers ignites Yossi's desire. Especially when Tom (the handsome Oz Zehavi) shows an interest in him.
Heart-warming and sensual, YOSSI is an ode to love lost and love found, in situations where we least expect to find them so.
Returning to the role that won him TFF's Best Actor award in Eytan Fox's Yossi & Jagger in 2003, Ohad Knoller (Munich, Yossi & Jagger) gives another extraordinary performance as Yossi.
Interview with Oz Zehavi at Iris Prize Festival
Interview with Ohad Knoller at Jewish Film Festival
'Time Off' short film
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While it's not really an Apples to Apples comparison, there's something about 'Yossi' tends to remind me of the equally wonderful and enjoyable 'Marty' (1955) with Ernest Borgnine. Possibly due to them both having somewhat lonely and sympathetic lead characters who both in their respective films but for different reasons, undertake a journey to transition from one path in life onto another.
In 'Yossi' Ohad Knoller portrays with no small skill, a man caught in a place in life where (because of things that happened to him earlier) existence has replaced living. Until a chance encounter at his job sends him in the direction of finding some sense of settlement with the past, whilst maybe allowing him to fashion a new future.
No real extras on the disc, but plenty of trailers. The rating is therefore for the film alone.
I have just watched this DVD, originally released 5 years ago. Having seen the trailer on a number of other Peccadillo DVDs, I watched Yossi first, then the short that comes with it (“Time Off”), then the earlier “Yossi and Jagger”, then Yossi again. I enjoyed it the first time around, and it would certainly stand alone, but the others put it in context and, like all good films, it gets even better with repeated viewings.
The acting is superb. Ohad Knoller’s portrayal of a doctor, letting himself go physically, losing himself in his work, using porn and casual hook-ups to cope with his sexual needs (the latter at least with mixed results) resonated especially with me, but Oz Zehavi’s Tom is sensitively and beautifully played and utterly convincing.
I also liked the references to Visconti’s Death in Venice. Mahler’s Adagietto, the book by Thomas Mann, Yossi’s awareness of and increasing attraction to Tom, the scenes on the beach….thankfully the analogy can only be taken so far and the ending in Yossi’s case is rather happier than Aschenbach’s, but maybe it reflects Yossi’s sadness and loneliness, at least at the start of the film. Other reviewers have referred to the sound-track. I loved it, especially the songs by Keren Ann, which I would like to get to know better. In the end Yossi gets a second chance for happiness and takes it: a hope and a lesson for us all.
If you haven’t seen it then this is one to watch. I personally enjoyed it more than Yossi and Jagger (though now have both in my collection), and look forward to watching it again. Both these sentiments may be not un-connected to the gorgeous Oz Zehavi !
well paced and very believable. As in the earlier film the director uses the device of the woman falling for the undeclared gay man and
failing to understand the situation with inevitably sad complications. The soldier he finds is sufficiently close in looks to Jagger to tie the whole
mish-mash of emotions into a neat and very satisfying parcel. I loved the on and off light sequence. It illustrated Yossis' dilemma perfectly.
It is a very good film.
Well, you don't have to have seen the fisrt one, but you should indeed!!
Both films are very good, for different reasons....
The first one is a subtle and strong love story ending dramatically, this one is a dull life ending towards a future.....
But still, there is still the permanent state of war, tens years away, and life takes over.....when it was taken over...
There is still the beautifully mastered direction of actors, the filming....
A very, very good film!!
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