Yossi
Israel (IL), 2012, 84 minutes, SD
Yossi Synopsis


Returning to the role that won him TFF's Best Actor award in Eytan Fox's Yossi & Jagger in 2003, Ohad Knoller gives another extraordinary performance as Yossi, a closeted gay man living a solitary existence in Tel Aviv.


A perennially sad, workaholic doctor, Yossi has his quiet world shaken when a middle-aged woman walks out of his past and into his examination room. Their brief but emotionally charged reunion unnerves Yossi enough to make him spontaneously leave Tel Aviv. On the desolate roads of southern Israel, a chance encounter with a group of lively people.



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Reviewed by nikkareyes
Very moving film of a closeted gay man who's battling loneliness and the trauma of losing a loved one.  This isn't your usual LGBT fare in the sense that it... more
Very moving film of a closeted gay man who's battling loneliness and the trauma of losing a loved one.  This isn't your usual LGBT fare in the sense that it goes deep down to the core of a person's being; dealing with sadness and loneliness and that self-denial of one's true sexual identity. These have all been genuinely portrayed by Ohad Knoller as Yossi, the epitome of a person who's alive but actually not living, in the truest sense. Even as a commendable heart surgeon he exists in a meaningless way but  a trip and knowing Tom  (Oz Zehavi) ultimately helps him to come to terms with himself.  Emotional and very touching, this film won for Knoller the Best Actor Award at the Iris Prize Festival.  This is highly recommended!
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Reviewed by jeteli
Am impressed with Ohad Knoller! There's an uncanny knack to draw emotion from within but in a controlled manner. He doesn't go about with excessive movements and all but it's... more
Am impressed with Ohad Knoller! There's an uncanny knack to draw emotion from within but in a controlled manner. He doesn't go about with excessive movements and all but it's his facial expressions and eyes that work up a ton to deliver emotionally-charged scenes!  You can actually feel the loneliness in him and the overflowing mix of feelings that's about to spill from his inner self any minute. That scene with the mother of a soldier who was  killed in Lebanon, clearly someone so close to him, is very affecting. An impressive actor touted as a chameleon for his effortless ability switch from any role with ease, Knoller deserves to be see in mainstream films more.  This collaboration with director Eytan Fox is commendable and a stand-out1
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