Yossi & Jagger

Romance blooms between two soldiers stationed in an Israeli outpost on the Lebanese border.

yossi-et-jagger-2002-03-gA sociological study of two men in the Israeli army who are lovers. The others in the unit react to their situation, suspecting, but not always understanding. One will leave the military soon, a few months away, as a snowy and desolate outpost is guarded from attack.

Yossi is the stoic company commander of an Israeli Defense Forces unit on the Lebanese border. Jagger, 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 arrives with two female soldiers, the irrepressible sexpot Goldie and her more introspective friend Yaeli , who harbors a serious crush on Jagger, and is herself pursued by Jagger’s nosy roommate, Ofir.

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.

There are very tender moments here, especially after the explosion of the land mine, when Yossi finally admits his love and concern, ironically too late for it to do any good. The excellent theme here–when you have feelings for someone, don’t run from them or hide from them as you may never have a chance to express them.

(Source: imdb.com; youtube synopsis)

You may watch the official trailer here:

Original Title: Yossi & Jagger

Tagline:  Love should never be a secret.

Language: Hebrew

Country: Israel

Category: War

Director:  Eytan Fox

Stars:  Ohad Knoller, Yehuda Levi, Assi Cohen

Run time: 65 min

Release: 2002

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