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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Israeli Brokeback

Yossi & Jagger

I liked this short (1 hr, 7 min) from Israel. Think Brokeback Mountain but instead of Montana, its the border between Israel and Lebanon. Its not cowboys, rather Israeli Army soldiers. Other than that, the stories are amazingly compatible.

What stuck in my head like a splinter was the song at the end. Its a clubbish song, which I normally don't care for but the singer's voice is amazing. The song in English is called Your Soul, in Hebrew its called Bo, its performed by Israel's gay pop icon, Ivri Lider (above). Don't bother trying to find his music through normal means, just go to and search for the CD named Ha-anashim ha-hadashim.


Blogger The Great Cranky One said...

OMG Jim I loved that movie! I saw it a good while back, the same weekend I watched Walk on Water.

I thought the same thing about it being the Israeli Brokeback.

I also sound captured the song from the movie. Persian Guy had a post about this movie awhile back and a link to Rita the artist that they mention in the movie.

9:15 AM

Blogger Jim said...

Thanks for the review Jimbo. I'll have to check it out. :) Rented Everything is Illuminated last weekend based on your previous post. Excellent flick.

9:50 AM

Blogger Jim said...

Hey Cranky!

I knew you would like that one. I think Persian Guy and I have really similar taste in film!

10:04 AM

Blogger Jim said...

Hey Jimbo!

Glad you enjoyed. I figured you would like that one :)

10:13 AM

Blogger NeiLDC said...

Hey Jim,
I just came cross on you blog and i like it, i could place you on my blog list as well anyway. I Have seen this film in teathres and it was really good, but the porblem is too short, anyway i did enjoy the conversation and the song of it as well if not have you tried watching WALK ON WATER by Eytan fox, the same director of Yossi and SUMMERSTORM movie.. cioa!

1:25 PM

Blogger Jim said...

Hi N.Armstrong ...

Sure, I will list you also. Looks like I need to put Walk On Water into my must see list since you and Cranky both recommend!

7:04 PM

Blogger Derek said...

I'm going to check this out, sounds good

9:10 PM

Blogger theclamwhisperer said...

Thanks for the review. I enjoyed Brokeback and if there's an Israeli version, I'd love to see it. Just read this morning in the paper that Brokeback was supposedly shown to inmates at a Massachusetts correctional center. The officer incharge is being disciplined for showing the flick to inmates because of its suggestive nature which in turn may cause "inappropriate behavior for a prison setting." The spokeswoman for the slammer said, "It's not the subject matter. It was the graphic nature of sexually explicit scenes." Was she at the same movie I saw? Maybe they should go back to watching violent films. Anyway, thanks for all the movie reviews...I've got them on my list.

1:33 PM

Blogger Jim said...

Enjoy Derek!

6:39 PM

Blogger Jim said...

OK Catchya, I too am wondering if they saw a different version of Brokeback. Sure, it seemed a little rough considering the preceeding scene was so benign but I've seen more explicit scenes in bars during the day.

6:41 PM

Blogger The Persian said...

Great review Jim! I posted a brief review on St. Paddy's day of Yossi & Jagger and even found and uploaded the original version of Your Soul, by Rita (which is the artist who's name alone silences everyone at the end of the film) They never play this version in the movie, but it is the one Jagger refers to.

here is the post link, you have to scroll down midway to see the Yossi post :

5:52 AM

Blogger Jim said...

See what happens when I miss a day of Persian Guy! :)

Thanks, I am going there now to download! I ordered Lider's CD so when it comes in, I'll let ya know.

10:05 AM

Blogger Sangroncito said...

I'll have to check this movie out. I just saw Brokeback and it was so moving.

12:04 PM

Blogger Jim said...

I bet you'll like this one too, Sangroncito, not as well-crafted but still powerful.

11:56 PM

Blogger aceian said...

Yossi and Jagger and Brokeback Mountain are really good films. Its Eytan Fox and Ang Lee's sensitivity that made both beautiful. But both have tragic conclusions.

Do you know any gay movie that has this kind of compassion but ends happily? Closest i can think of is 1985's The Beautiful Laundrette. But its warmth is not that powerful compared to Y&J and BM.

Nice blog, BTW!

11:27 AM

Blogger Jim said...

Aceian ... good point and no I can't think of one. Seems like there must always be a looming tragedy to bring the warmth and compassion to the surface.

10:26 PM


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