QFW: Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life

2018| 18| 106 mins| /

Directed by: Tomer Heymann
Starring: Jonathan Agassi

In Hebrew and English with English subtitles

Giving a rare and intimate insight in to the world of porn and escorts, as well as a unique mother and son relationship redefining family norms, director Tomer Heymann (Mr. Gaga) presents his latest feature documentary, Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life. Heymann documents all of Agassi’s activities, following him over eight years, both in his temporary hometown of Berlin and back in Tel Aviv with his mother. Although Agassi claims he has the best job in the world and says it has actually saved his life, deeper issues begin to surface and overtake his everyday life.

Haunted by his relationship with his largely absent father, his special bond with his mother is also not without its complications. Adopting the stage name Agassi as a firm identity to counter his sense of instability, Jonathan seems nonchalant as he performs the countless sex acts with which he earns his living, yet he increasingly resorts to hard drugs to numb his feelings. Eventually, after a terrifying trip on drugs, he’s forced to see the harsh reality of his extreme lifestyle.

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