At once heartwarming and infuriatingly dull, Yossi tells the quiet story of a gay Israeli doctor yearning for love and acceptance. But this isn't the first time we've encountered Yossi's identity crisis: The first was in the groundbreaking 2002 film Yossi & Jagger, in which Yossi (Ohad Knoller) forged an intense but ill-fated romance with a fellow soldier. It's intriguing to revisit the heartbroken Yossi still reeling, 10 years later, from heartache and loss. Though a successful cardiologist, Yossi is in a deep funk, turning down invitations in favor of masturbating and eating takeout in his small apartment. Naturally, Yossi is poised for a little self-discovery, which comes in the form of a young soldier who prods him to start living life in the present. That's all fine and sweet, but Yossi is stretched paper-thin at less than 90 minutes, and director Eytan Fox pads the time with endless shots of the titular character sulking alone. If this is representative of the exciting Israeli gay-film subculture, the genre has a long way to go… after all, you can't have a movement if you refuse to move in the first place.
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- Release Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
- Critic's Score: C
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