Yossi & Jagger

Yossi & Jagger [videorecording] = יוסי וג'אגר - Yossi & Jagger

Yosi vẹ-G'ager

DVD - 2004 | Hebrew
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"Based on a true story, Yossi & Jagger portrays the love affair of two Israeli officers in a remote army base on the Israeli-Lebanese border. They are commanders, they are in love, and they try to find a place of their own in an oppressing and rigid system, which sends them to defend a cause they do not necessarily believe in"--Www.yossiandjagger.com.
Publisher: [United States] : Strand Releasing, 2004
Branch Call Number: DVD Foreign YOSSI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (71 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title (Original Script): וסי וג׳אגר

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Nursebob
Dec 11, 2014

At an isolated outpost on the Lebanese border two soldiers have fallen in love: Lior, nicknamed “Jagger”, a happily flamboyant guy eager to come out to the world, and his commanding officer Yossi, a kind-hearted masculine man too often afraid of his own gay shadow. Stationed in the middle of nowhere and surrounded by bored gossipy comrades, the two men nevertheless manage to find time for intimacy…even if it’s in the middle of a snowbank. But their clandestine shows of affection do not go entirely unnoticed by the others resulting in mixed reactions ranging from amused rumours to mocking jokes—-not that they are without secrets themselves with adultery and various sexual frustrations topping the list. It all comes to a head one night during a tense military manoeuvre when Yossi is suddenly faced with the greatest personal challenge he has ever known, the resulting fallout of which will change his life forever. Clocking in at just over one hour, Eytan Fox’s remarkable short film nevertheless manages to produce a piercing character study of one gay man’s painful journey towards the closet door. Graced by low-keyed performances and a directing method which contrasts handheld naturalism with passages of frantic rave-fuelled energy, Fox packs his sixty minutes with enough emotional insight to flesh out a film twice its length. Fleeting moments of tenderness are juxtaposed with scenes of raucous bravado, and an undercurrent of genuine eroticism raises the temperature of those wintry backdrops (man these guys can kiss!) If he occasionally lapses into teary melodrama he at least has enough sense to realize it as Jagger at one point blurts out: “It’s like an American movie…a f*cking American movie!” One hour well spent.

voisjoe1 Dec 22, 2013

"Yossi," a 2013 Israeli film, is a follow-up to "Yossi and Jagger," so I figured I should view the older movie first. "Yossi and Jagger" (2002 and just 65 minutes long) is the story of two closeted Israeli gay soldiers stationed on the Lebanese border. This is a film that explores the humanity of the two soldiers and the unaware female soldier that is attracted to one of them.

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petehoover98118
Sep 27, 2013

You know, one rare instance where American men are better than Israeli men is when they have to deal with a bereaved gay lover in front of his family.
In the movie, when Yossi shows he is the only one who knows Lior's favorite song and listened to him play it a lot, and then bursts into tears when he sees pictures of Lior that reminded him of what Lior said, the other commanders sitting Shiva with him with Lior's parents freeze up.
In America, using Irish tradition, when this situation happens the men will all surround the bereaved lover, physically hold him, perhaps move him outside if he's too close to the parents, get him stinking drunk, and encourage him to scream, cry, curse, shout and mourn hard for his lost lover. If need be, the parents will pretend this is not happening.
That is probably healthier than the Israeli way of just freezing up, because the repression that engenders can cause the bereaved lover to wreck their house. In the Sequel, YOSSI, ten years go by and Yossi visits the parents and he does exactly that.

Froster Jun 26, 2012

Unlike other Eytan Fox movies, this one seems to be lived, rather than plotted out in a schematic diagram. Even the sketchiest of characters come alive and seem like real personalities. Also, the denouement allows for some ambiguity, which is not Fox's strong suit. All around, a very strong , surprising work from a filmmaker who has his heart in the right place, but in other films comes off a bit preachy and predictable.

jmmason Jan 27, 2012

Soldiers in love. That old story. This one is from Israel. One of the guys is adorable, so cute even the other men want to fuck him. The other guy is pudgy and charmless. So how did Gorgeous end up with Puddin? He could have anybody.......

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