Yossi & Jagger (2003)
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Critic Reviews for Yossi & Jagger
It's too lean to deserve marquee billing.
A searing, tense and beautifully told film.
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.
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.
Runs a brisk 67 minutes, and cost a remarkable $200,000, yet it boasts more heart and humanity than megaproductions.
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.
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.
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