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Critic Reviews for Yossi
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.
Audience Reviews for Yossi
Dr. Yossi Gutmann(Ohad Knoller) is a cardiologist in Israel who spends most of his free time watching television and masturbating to gay porn. So, when his soon-to-be-divorced friend Moti(Lior Ashkenazi) suggests he get out more, Yossi accepts Nina's(Ola Schur-Selektar) invitation for the theatre. And then Yossi gets a new patient, Varda(Orly Silbersatz), who is also the mother of his former lover, now dead ten years. As thoughtful and sensitive as "Yossi" is when it comes to observing the long term grieving process, it also proves that sometimes too much understatement can actually work against a movie, too. That's not to mention one of the central plot points is a little too convenient for words.(Although, maybe as one character points out, there really are very few good cardiologists in Israel.) On the plus side, the movie ends on a high note, ten minutes before it would have become completely unbearable.
Relying on a bigger budget and on Knoller's superbly underplayed performance, this superior sequel could perfectly work on its very own as a rich character study about grief and self-acceptance, even though it makes the mistake of ending on an implausible and easy way.
Picking up 10 years after Yossi & Jagger, this tells the story of Yossi who has become a doctor after leaving the army. He is still fraught with the memories of his tragic affair 10 years later. This is an amazing pick-up from the good, but far too condensed original and makes up for the haphazard storytelling of it. It's a beautiful tale that throws Yossi through the gamete of emotions and is fraught with sexual tension. Ohad Knoller is par excellence in his continued portrayal of Yossi. The supporting cast is fine, but it truly is poor, sad Yossi who you long to be happy for throughout. I do love an ambiguous ending and I hope this becomes the Israeli Before trilogy.
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