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Review: Yossi

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  March 6, 2013
2.5 2.5 Stars



A decade after Yossi & Jagger, filmmaker Eytan Fox returns to see how his character is getting on. When last we saw Yossi, he had finally admitted to his partner that he loved him. Unfortunately, it was just as Jagger, his comrade in the Israeli military, was dying. Equally unfortunate was Fox's direction and roughshod video cinematography. Yossi's stuck — he remains closeted and repressed — but Fox has graduated from amateur to modest professional. His quiet eye follows his subject around as he spurns romantic advances, scours the net for hook-ups, and meets a crew of soldiers not unlike the ones he commanded 10 years earlier. Fox hardly breaks new ground — this is a standard bildungsroman; the most distinctive shot is stolen wholesale from the obviously influential Before Sunset. But he lights the scenes well, frames shots competently, and moves things along at an enjoyable pace. Maybe with another 10 years, he'll develop a voice.

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