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 suprising connection they make, receives a rare opportunity to deal with his trauma. Yossi then travels to the southern city of Eilat. Surounded 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.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
"Yossi" tells the beautifully acted but overly sentimental story of a man's emotional rebirth in a more sexually liberated era. It is also a pointed portrayal of the revolution in social attitudes inside the most liberal and secularized of Israeli cities.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 01.24.2013
Predictable if measured uplift aside, Fox keeps "Yossi" effortlessly affecting, graced with deadpan humor and a knowingness about lonely lives.Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 02.08.2013
Yossi is an unabashedly populist entertainment with a spirit conciliatory enough to melt the heart of any naysayer.Ella Taylor, NPR, 01.24.2013
"Yossi" offers genuine pleasures (even some of Fox's trademark musical numbers).David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, 02.14.2013