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Following the death of Jagger, Dr. Yossi Hoffman (Ohad Knoller, Yossi and Jagger, Munich) has become a valued and dedicated workaholic cardiologist who lives a solitary existence as a closeted gay man in Tel Aviv. His world is shaken when a middle-aged woman from his past (Orly Silbersatz, Broken Wings) walks into his examination room. Their brief and distressing reunion along with troubles at work, spur Yossi to take an overdue vacation. On a road trip to Eilat, a chance encounter with a group of young Israeli IDF officers, among them Tom (rising star Oz Zehavi, Southland) a handsome and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Knoller is wonderful as the emotionally cut-off, yet vulnerable Yossi, who yearns for something more from life, but feels both terror at the prospect and unworthiness to claim it."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
""Yossi" has an air of lightness but never feels insignificant."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"a very real portrait of a man on the verge of accepting himself"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"... an awfully familiar fantasy-for gays and straights alike-about an emotionally repressed older man saved by a young beauty who sees the kind soul and intelligence under the frumpy surface."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Weekly
"...[Knoller's] portrayal of a person locked in his own grief is both realistic and sympathetic, and Fox brings events to a conclusion that is more than worth the wait."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, PopMatters
"Yossi is an early spring breeze of a film - too delicate to be substantial but definitely holding the promise of warmth."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Eytan Fox depicts modern gay life and contemporary Tel Aviv with sympathy and knowing insight, and he excels at creating casual rapport among actors; yet in film after film he undermines these gifts with hamfisted melodramatic plotting."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"Filled with many of the awkward life moments that many gay men will recognise, as well as a freshly lensed look at the new Israel, Yossi is a strong and touching take on grief."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"Fox understands that the joys and tears of looking for love are not unique to gay Israeli men...viewers can relate to the emotional conflicts regardless of one's orientation."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, The Jewish Advocate
"Hovers somewhere between a realistic take on love and the vision of romance sold by drugstore novels."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"It's serious about its characters and their emotions, but still finds room for humor."
‑ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Chicago Sun-Times
"Knoller manages to make even a withdrawn character compelling, and worth rooting for as Yossi struggles to shed his shell."
‑ Loren King, Boston Globe
"Yossi is a stronger film than its predecessor, more deeply felt and less reliant on love-story conventions."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"Fox has graduated from amateur to modest professional."
‑ Jake Mulligan, Boston Phoenix
"Directed by Eytan Fox, the gifted helmer of the international hit Walk on Water, 'Yossi,' a work of special depth, is yet another of his incisive character studies of a man who doesn't quite fit in until he finally does."
‑ Brandon Judell, CultureCatch
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