Yossi & Jagger (2002)

Yossi & Jagger (Hebrew: יוסי וג’אגר‎) is a 2002 Israeli romantic drama film directed by Eytan Fox about soldiers at the Israel – Lebanon border who try to find some peace and solace from the daily routine of war.

Yossi (Ohad Knoller) commands a troop of soldiers in the snow-covered mountains near Lebanon. In secrecy, he leads a passionate homosexual relationship with his second-in-command officer, Lior (Yehuda Levi), who is called Jagger by everyone for his rock star-like handsomeness. One day, a colonel (Sharon Raginiano) arrives at the base with two female soldiers, one of whom he immediately sleeps with in the bunker. The other one, Yaeli (Aya Koren, credited as Aya Steinovitz), is very interested in Jagger, while she refuses the sexual advances of Ofir (Assi Cohen), who tries to make clear to her that Jagger is not particularly interested in her.

The colonel is there to supervise a night-time ambush, of which Yossi is resentful because of the full moon, and also because he fears for his soldiers’ safety. And indeed Jagger is fatally injured that night, dying in the arms of his lover, who only now is able to articulate his love for him.

At the funeral reception at Jagger’s parents’ house, Jagger’s mother mistakes Yaeli for his girlfriend. She laments that she knew very little about her son, including his favorite song, which only Yossi is able to tell her.

cast:

  • Ohad Knoller as Yossi
  • Yehuda Levi as Lior Amichai ‘Jagger’
  • Assi Cohen as Ophir
  • Aya Steinovitz as Yaeli
  • Hani Furstenberg as Goldie
  • Sharon Raginiano as The Colonel
  • Yuval Semo as Psycho
  • Yaniv Moyal as Samoncha
  • Hanan Savyon as Adams
  • Erez Kahana as Yaniv the Cook
  • Shmulik Bernheimer as Shmuel ‘Shmulik’ Amichai
  • Yael Pearl as Varda Amichai

Another beautiful gay movie, it was so good, the story was believable and the emotion was perfectly captured. I love the scene where Yossi held Jagger for the last time, it was so heart-wrenching *sighs*

I find a hott pitcher of Yehuda Levi

and one of Ohad Knoller

Totally a highly recommended movie.

trailer:

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4 responses to “Yossi & Jagger (2002)

  1. You wrote a nice review of this wonderful film… I just saw Yossi & Jagger last night and it will stay in my mind and heart for a long time. It meant a lot to me. I have just placed holds on 2 other Eytan Fox films at the public library. Thank goodness for libraries and artists like fox and yourself.

  2. I think Yossi&Jagger is one of those films that sinks in and never leaves. Even if we stop thinking about it for a while. Yeduah Levi and Ohad Knoller were simply amazing; I don’t believe whoever chose them to play Yossi and Lior will ever find such a perfect due again. They worked so well together, it’s scary. Well, what can I say more? Good review, breathtaking pictures (especially Knoller, he’s beyond gorgeous on that one) and good luck with the blog 😉

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