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March 19, 2004 - Image 44

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-03-19

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Arts Life

At The Movies

Make Your Own
Seder Plate

`Toss' & Jagger'

Film explores love gay and straight in the Israeli army.

Jewish Telegraphic Agency

he central theme of YOssi & Jagger is a love affair
between two gay Israeli officers, but the film's
impact goes well beyond the sexual motif.
Seldom has the boredom, tension and cama-
raderie of men and women at war been portrayed more
realistically and economically than in the 67-minute film,
which has been a surprise hit am
- ong Israeli moviegoers —
both soldiers and civilians.
The film leaves Israel's hot coastal plain behind and is
set entirely on a freezing, snow2covered mountaintop on

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Yossi (Ohad Knoller) and Jagger (Yehuda Levi) in an
intimate talk

the Israel-Lebanon border, where a small force mans an
isolated outpost against unseen infiltrators and terrorists.
Commander of the unit is Yossi (Ohad Knoller), a career
soldier; his lieutenant is Jagger, so nicknamed because his
buddies believe he has the aura of a rock star. Yehuda Levi,
billed as the "Israeli Tom Cruise" and the nation's No. 1
heartthrob, plays Jagger.
Carrying on their secret affair in the macho and privacy-
deprived confines of their platoon, Yossi and Jagger are lim-
ited to a sensitively depicted roll in the snow.
The situation is complicated by the arrival of a colonel,
accompanied by two attractive female , communication
operators, one of whom falls hopelessly in love with Jagger.
The overbearing colonel (Sharon Regniano) pulls his
rank for sex with the other woman and sends the exhausted
soldiers on a night ambush, despite Yossi's protests.
Director Eytan Fox, who said the film is based on an
actual incident — a friend of his lost his lover during the
Israeli war in Lebanon in 1982 — made Yossi & Jagger for
an astonishingly low $200,000, barely enough to pay for a
wrap party at a Hollywood studio.
Fox, a native of New York City whose parents made
aliyah when he was 3, joins other American-born directors
who have created some of the most compelling films to
come out of Israel, including Joseph Cedar's Time of Favor
and The Holy Land by Eitan Gorlin. LI

Yossi & Jagger is scheduled to open Friday, March
19, at the Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak. Check
your local movie listings. (248) 542-0180.

Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles


here can you see all-in-good-fun Jewish
stereotypes spoofed alongside 1970s kitsch,
such as waterbeds, fondue parties, disco,
leisure suits and bad perms? Check out the
movie remake of the '70s cop series, Starsky 6-Hutch, Hollywood's
latest TV overhaul, which stars Ben Stiller as uptight but righteous
David Starsky.
The Jewish cop is so intense, he'll deseroy cars to catch a purse
snatcher; apparently, he's overcompensating due to a weird Jewish
mother complex (his late mom was a revered cop). The film spoofs
Jewish custom when he places a donut, rather than a rock, on her graVe.
Many of the other laughs stem from his odd-couple pairing with
Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson (Owen Wilson), a charming, rule-bend-
ing blond (read: WASP) slacker. If the story unwinds like "a


Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson in `Starsky 6' Hutch"

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