21 January 2014
Movie Review: Yossi
Yossi is the sequel to Yossi and Jagger. It was filmed and takes place a decade after Yossi and Jagger. In this film, Yossi has left the Israeli Defense Forces and is a closeted doctor at a hospital and has gained some weight. He struggles with his homosexuality. One day, he notices a fellow doctor will be performing some kind of examination on someone he wants to do the examination for. He does and the woman vaguely recognizes him but doesn't.
As soon as she leaves the examination, he tries to run to her in the elevator but misses the door. He runs down the stairs, gets in his car and offers her a ride home. She accepts. He drops her off. We come to learn that this woman is Jagger's mother. He eventually decides to go to Jagger's parents' house and tell them the truth about he and Jagger before his death. The father accepts it while the mother asks Yossi to leave.
Yossi decides to go to Sinai for holiday -- where the security situation is lacking. Along the way, he watches some young soldiers interacting, with one that is gay, and invites them to ride with him until their destination. Against the rules, they do. They encourage him not to go to Sinai and after denying their entreaties, he decides to book a room at the resort they are getting their R&R at. He is smitten by the gay soldier, Tom. Eventually after some majorly awkward closet-gay stalking, Tom and Yossi go on a sort-of-date which ends when Tom, having stripped, frolicking in the ocean naked, steps on a sea urchin. They go back to Yossi's room where he takes the spikes out and maybe sews up something.
This has to be the longest part of the movie especially given Yossi's social awkwardness regarding dating, courting, etc.,. I will leave the ending for you to see for yourself, but this is much a better ending that the extremely tragic Yossi and Jagger.
This movie very powerfully presents how the closet deforms the soul and creates social and developmental disabilities for those trapped in its prisons. But it also provides hope that such deformations can be remedied.