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Following the death of Jagger, Dr. Yossi Hoffman (Ohad Knoller, Yossi and Jagger, Munich) has become a valued and dedicated workaholic cardiologist who lives a solitary existence as a closeted gay man in Tel Aviv. His world is shaken when a middle-aged woman from his past (Orly Silbersatz, Broken Wings) walks into his examination room. Their brief and distressing reunion along with troubles at work, spur Yossi to take an overdue vacation. On a road trip to Eilat, a chance encounter with a group
Jan 25, 2013 Limited
May 21, 2013
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Knoller is wonderful as the emotionally cut-off, yet vulnerable Yossi, who yearns for something more from life, but feels both terror at the prospect and unworthiness to claim it.
Yossi is an early spring breeze of a film - too delicate to be substantial but definitely holding the promise of warmth.
It's serious about its characters and their emotions, but still finds room for humor.
Eytan Fox depicts modern gay life and contemporary Tel Aviv with sympathy and knowing insight, and he excels at creating casual rapport among actors; yet in film after film he undermines these gifts with hamfisted melodramatic plotting.
Knoller manages to make even a withdrawn character compelling, and worth rooting for as Yossi struggles to shed his shell.
Yossi is a stronger film than its predecessor, more deeply felt and less reliant on love-story conventions.
... an awfully familiar fantasy-for gays and straights alike-about an emotionally repressed older man saved by a young beauty who sees the kind soul and intelligence under the frumpy surface.
Fox understands that the joys and tears of looking for love are not unique to gay Israeli men...viewers can relate to the emotional conflicts regardless of one's orientation.
...[Knoller's] portrayal of a person locked in his own grief is both realistic and sympathetic, and Fox brings events to a conclusion that is more than worth the wait.
The several allusions to Thomas Mann's forbidden-love novel "Death in Venice" are apt, but "Yossi" is also a standalone film and an extraordinary sequel.
Hovers somewhere between a realistic take on love and the vision of romance sold by drugstore novels.
Directed by Eytan Fox, the gifted helmer of the international hit Walk on Water, 'Yossi,' a work of special depth, is yet another of his incisive character studies of a man who doesn't quite fit in until he finally does.
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