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  • Summary: Based on a true story, Yossi & Jagger portrays the love affair of two Israeli officers in a remote army base on the Israeli-Lebanese border. (Lama Productions)
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. If the situation has all the ingredients of a shrill, tearful melodrama, the filmmaker, working from a taut screenplay by Avner Bernheimer that doesn't waste a word or a gesture, keeps the emotional lid firmly in place.
  2. 80
    Enlivened by journalist Avner Bernheimer's delicately witty script and some lively ensemble performances under the direction of Eytan Fox, the film offers a haunting portrait of a generation forced to risk their lives in the service of military goals they're far from totally committed to.
  3. 75
    What the movie lacks in ambition, originality, and grit, it makes up for in pure feeling.
  4. Reviewed by: Allison Benedikt
    75
    Most of the film's action takes place on the base, where Fox smartly concentrates on how this relationship -- tormented at times, lighthearted at others -- exists in Israel's military bubble.
  5. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    70
    It's a very small pic but engagingly played by a fine cast.
  6. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    70
    The film ambles along at a relaxed pace, well depicting the uneasy relationships among the soldiers and the mixture of boredom and danger that marks their daily existence.
  7. 60
    A sprint when it should be a marathon, Yossi & Jagger crackles with promise, but much of it goes unrealized. Without the time or resources to develop its characters and overstuffed plot, the result feels like the Cliffs Notes for a longer, more satisfying film.

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