Yossi (2013)

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Critic Consensus: Smart, moving, and deeply empathetic, Yossi is a thoughtful examination of love and grief.

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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 of young Israeli IDF officers, among them Tom (rising star Oz Zehavi, Southland) a handsome and openly gay man, allows Yossi to move on from his grief and begin to live again. One of Israel's most noted directors and best chroniclers of gay life, Eytan Fox was born in New York and moved to Israel at an early age. He graduated from Tel Aviv University's School of Film and Television. His previous film, the Berlin International Film Festival and LA Outfest Award Winner The Bubble, follows three roommates in Tel Aviv, a political activist and two gay men, one of whom (played by YOSSI's Ohad Kneller) falls in love with a Palestinian. Mr. Fox's Walk on Water starred YOSSI's Lior Ashkenazi as a Mossad officer under cover confronting the Nazi past of an upper class young German man. (c) Strand
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Critic Reviews for Yossi

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (21)

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.

Full Review… | March 21, 2013
Toronto Star
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Yossi is an early spring breeze of a film - too delicate to be substantial but definitely holding the promise of warmth.

Full Review… | March 21, 2013
Globe and Mail
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It's serious about its characters and their emotions, but still finds room for humor.

Full Review… | March 7, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
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"Yossi" has an air of lightness but never feels insignificant.

Full Review… | March 7, 2013
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review… | March 7, 2013
Chicago Reader
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Knoller manages to make even a withdrawn character compelling, and worth rooting for as Yossi struggles to shed his shell.

Full Review… | March 7, 2013
Boston Globe
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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.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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½

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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.

Graham Beilby
Graham Beilby

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