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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Yossi (Hebrew)

I can't really remember watching a sequel of a gay film before. Either there haven't been one before or I have missed them. When I say sequel, I mean real sequel that takes the story forward and not just series like 'Eating Out'. Yossi takes the story forward from 'Yossi & Jagger', where the protagonist Jagger dies in a tragic military ambush and how Yossi is going on with his life.

Its been about 10 years since the incident had happened. Yossi is now a doctor but a very very lonely man. His anxieties are pushing their way into lonely nights with internet porn and growing detachment from his hospital's job. Yossi is still in closet, doesn't like to talk to anyone about being gay. A chance encounter with Jagger's mother at the hospital check up makes him to go to their house to tell Jagger's parents who he really is and what his relationship with Jagger was. Jagger's father is ok but the mother doesn't take it all too well. Being pushed to take a vacation, Yossi takes on a solitary road trip. He ends up picking 4 soldiers as hitchhikers who miss their bus. The groups of 4 is very very fun loving and they taunt him with the name Mozart. One of the guys in the group, Tom is gay and he  and the others are very comfortable with it. Tom wants to spend time with Yossi who still prefers to be on his own just reading books but Tom won't leave him alone. Its Tom, who make Yossi come out of his cocoon and he helps Yossi evaluate his problems over a period of time and Tom helps him bring back being comfortable with who he is.

From the production values perspective, this film is Eytan Fox's best work to date. Even in terms of story and direction, it is a very accomplished work. As a viewer we really get to expeience what Yossi is going through. It has been 10 years since Jagger's death but every single day, Yossi is still suffering thinking whether Jagger heard or not when he said 'I Love You'. Yossi is in denial of his nonexistent  social life. Following his daily routine, the audience also sees something very humane and sad. Noone would wish something like that for anyone. The inner turmoil that he goes through on whether or not to meet Jagger's parents is also done very very well. He is actually heart-wrenching. The movie then just goes in to a completely different dimension when Yossi goes a road trip. Yossi is always apologetic and ashamed of himself and his body. The young soldier Tom makes him realize that time have changed, Israel has changed and Yossi can be ok with who he is. In fact in a very touching scene when Yossi and Tom are about to get into bed, it is Tom who pushes Yossi to be comfortable with himself and his body and be proud of it. The acting from everyone is impeccable. Casuality driven Yossi, still in closet, carrying on from his military days has been acted really really well. The new guy Tom, does good job and looks cute but he does not have that mischief and innocent pure face and eyes of Jagger. He was something else.

A definite watch. I am so glad I decided to watch the prequel first and follow it up with this movie. I was able to connect with it even more and was still very very satisfied. (8/10)

3 comments:

jampicozzi said...

Have a great night on the sofa watching this VERY NICE movie, do not miss it.
Eythan Fox is becoming a great director.
Have fun (thinking) with it.

Golu said...

I am glad you agree that this was a nice film

Paul Delgadillo said...

I think that whole sex scene at the end was very important and it was almost like a Bugs Bunny cartoon watching Tom turn on the light to take the vision of Yossi in, while making love and Yossi turning off the light to try to hide.

When Yossi is standing there feeling totally naked and uncomfortable as Tom scans his body and totally falls in love with this gentle blonde teddy bear, you can see the actual admiration in his eyes.

It was also very telling as to how much Yossi was hurt when Tom asked the sarcastic question as to whether or not he would die from the sea urchin sting and Yossi ordered him not to joke about it.

That last shot of Yossi being in Jaeger's room and seeing the big poster of the boat on the palm tree lined sea shore was profound.