Monday, October 20, 2014
Love and War in YOSSI AND JAGGER (2002)
There are several ways that one can engage with this film critically. As a film about homosexuality in a traditionally heteronormative sphere of civic life, it is as subversive as the later BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN. However, it is also important to recognize the film normalizes not just sexuality but also the notion of an IDF border patrol. In this sense, the film is a typical pink wash. The climactic battle scene in the close of the film is a simplistic one that keeps the opposition from view and emphasizes a notion of civilization against the forces of an untamed landscape, not unlike earlier Westerns from America.