Yossi & Jagger (2003)



Critic Consensus: A tersely told yet deeply felt romance.

Movie Info

Yossi (Ohad Knoller) is the stoic company commander of an Israeli Defense Forces unit on the Lebanese border. Jagger (Yehuda Levi), who got his nickname thanks to his fun-loving rock star appeal, is the platoon leader. They have a secret. When they walk off in the snow together, it isn't because they're on patrol--it's because they're lovers. Jagger is more gregarious. He tells Yossi that he loves him, and longs to hear Yossi say it back to him. He makes plans for their future together, urging Yossi to leave the army with him when Jagger's mandatory service is done. Yossi can't bring himself to make any promises. "This isn't some. . .American movie," he tells Jagger. The colonel (Sharon Reginiano) arrives with two female soldiers, the irrepressible sexpot Goldie (Hani Furstenberg) and her more introspective friend Yaeli (Aya Koren of Late Marriage), who harbors a serious crush on Jagger, and is herself pursued by Jagger's nosy roommate, Ofir (Assi Cohen). As the unit's perfectionist chef, Yaniv (Erez Kahana) struggles to make a sumptuous meal for the commanding officer with meager supplies, the colonel tells Yossi that Hezbollah forces are expected to cross the border, and the already exhausted unit needs to set up an ambush that night. Yossi & Jagger, directed by Eytan Fox, was a critical and commercial hit in Israel. It was shown at the 2003 Berlin International Film Festival and had its U.S. premiere at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival.
R (for language and some sexual content)
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Yehuda Levi
as Jagger
Assi Cohen
as Ofir
Aya Koren
as Yaeli
Sharon Raginiano
as The Colonel
Sharon Regniano
as The Colonel
Yuval Semo
as Psycho
Yaniv Moyal
as Samoncha
Erez Kahana
as Yaniv the Cook
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Critic Reviews for Yossi & Jagger

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (18)

It's too lean to deserve marquee billing.

March 19, 2004
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

A searing, tense and beautifully told film.

March 18, 2004
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Levi and Knoller are so natural, so unconcerned with mugging for the camera, that what could have been a corny love story on paper is utterly sincere and touching on screen.

Full Review… | March 18, 2004
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Nothing happens in Yossi & Jagger that you couldn't have seen coming toward you in a fog. There are coincidences, hurt feelings, and more -- but what the movie lacks in ambition, originality, and grit, it makes up for in pure feeling.

Full Review… | March 5, 2004
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Runs a brisk 67 minutes, and cost a remarkable $200,000, yet it boasts more heart and humanity than megaproductions.

Full Review… | March 4, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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If Yossi & Jagger is any indication, Mr. Fox has a bright future.

Full Review… | January 22, 2004
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Yossi & Jagger


An inept romance that mistakes amateurish for naturalistic, looking like a cheap movie made for TV and with actors who are below the level of mediocre, and it works better when focusing on the daily life of the soldiers than on a corny gay love story that goes nowhere.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


An intimate portrayal of 2 soldiers in the Israeli army who conduct a secret affair whilst posted in a remote defence unit on the Lebanese border. In a sparse hour and 5 minute running time, the film crams in a great deal of conflict, but you can't help feeling that a bit too much was trimmed away and another half hour would have built more stakes and added the empathy lacking in the climax. Great performances and writing. It just needed a little more to it.

Graham Beilby
Graham Beilby

Feels more like an extended short rather than a fully realized film, but manages to develop characters that we care about better than most movies

Vadim Dyment
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