Ten years after Yossi and Jagger, the tragic love story of two IDF officers serving in Lebanon, director Eytan Fox returns to find out what has happened with Yossi. Dr. Yossi Hoffman has become a valued and dedicated cardiologist, often using his work as a way to escape from dealing with his anguished life. He lives alone, still closeted, unable to break through the walls and defenses built around him since the death of his lover. Even his co-workers—a recently divorced doctor, who tries to sweep Yossi into his world of women and drugs, and a lonely nurse, who is secretly in love with him—find it almost impossible to get close to him. His daily routine at the hospital is shaken up by the arrival of a mysterious woman. He follows her, and through the surprising connection they make, receives a rare opportunity to deal with his trauma. Yossi then travels to the southern city of Eilat. Surrounded by the sea and sand dunes he meets a group of young Israeli IDF officers, among them Tom, a handsome and self confident openly gay man, who represents a new world, different from the one that shaped Yossi.
Tribeca Film Festival 2012
“A superb performance. His face perennially hovering between a knowing smile and a quiet wince, Knoller reveals the relentless toll of Yossi’s regret and erotic longing in subtle, simple strokes.” —Film Comment
“Yossi and Jagger showed the potential for a complex exploration of gay identity in modern Israel that the director has now fully realized with a sequel of sorts, Yossi, possibly his most accomplished work to date.” —Eric Kohn, Indiewire