Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life (2018)

There is a real sense of irony about the title of this documentary about the famous Israeli gay porn star Jonathan Agassi as aside from his seemingly successful career, he seemed hell bent on a spiral of self-destruction. In the opening scenes of the profile Agassi comes over as charismatic confident and extremely good looking young man who uses his very large penis to carve an erotic and fun packed life, but later it becomes apparent that he simply cannot cope with all the success that it brings.

Mother knows that he is also an escort and there is an interesting scene when Agassi is with her and his young sister and tells them that although he has sex for money, he is NOT a prostitute. He compares himself to Julia Roberts playing a hooker in Pretty Woman, which very sadly he believes he is.

Agassi started doing escort work and live sex shows to supplement his income and fund his expensive drug habits which would lead to his downfall.

Director Tomer Heymann is careful not to make judgements on Agassi but actions speak louder than words and none more so than when it is he who has to rescue the performer when he collapses in the street after taking too many drugs. Heymann manages to keep us totally engaged for the whole time even as the train wreck of a life unfolds.

Roger Walker-Dack, Queerguru

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  • Language: English, Hebrew
  • Subtitles: English
  • Distribution: Heymann Brothers Films
  • Print source: Heymann Brothers Films
  • Cinematography: Addie Reiss, Tomer Heymann
  • Editing: Tal Rabiner, Alex Khosid
  • Music: Alberto Shwartz, Matan Daskal, Anna Lann
  • Sound: Itzik Cohen
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