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Giving closure to Yossi’s love story

Eytan Fox’s 2002 film, “Yossi and Jagger,” a love story about two Israeli soldiers, was a breakthrough in international gay cinema. Much has changed in the decade since, which makes it all the more moving for Fox to revisit Yossi (Ohad Knoller) in this sensitive sequel. Older and pudgier, Yossi is still wrapped in grief over the Lebanon battlefield death of his lover (Jagger, a.k.a. Lior) at the end of the first film.

Now a cardiologist at a Tel Aviv hospital, Yossi works long hours, eats take-out food alone in his apartment, and watches online porn. He avoids the interest of a female co-worker and shuns the repeated invitations of a recently divorced male colleague to hit the bars and pick up women. But their overtures spur him to try an online hook-up. A model-gorgeous man answers the door, fresh from a shower, and proceeds to insult Yossi for posting an old photo of himself. “You don’t look like that any more,” the guy dismissively tells Yossi, who’s unaware how much he’s stuck in the past.

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