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Named after the local soccer stadium in the Southern Israeli town of Beer Sheba, VASERMIL tells the story of three teenagers from separate marginalized communities, who pin their hopes on soccer as a way out. Shlomi, Adiel and Dima are recruited by the coach of the local soccer team to take part in the Beersheba Youth Championship, held on Independence Day at the Vasermil Stadium. Success at the tournament means getting noticed by the scouts of the local soccer empire, Hapoel Beersheba. In order to win, Shlomi, Adiel and Dima, each with their own set of adversities, will have to learn to play as a team and overcome their differences.

Review

A winner! The young cast is outstanding! It s also one of the most unflinching looks at the tension burbling under the surface in modern day Israel that I've ever seen. - --Craig Phillips, Green Cine Daily

WINNER Best Cinematography --HAMPTONS Int l Film Festival

WINNER New Directors Award --SAN FRANSICO Int l Film Festival

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Product Details

  • Actors: Benni Adega, Avinoam Blumenkrantz, Edna Fanta
  • Directors: Mushon Salmona
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Hebrew
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Film Movement
  • DVD Release Date: February 7, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005J47QRC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,803 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4 Stars for the film BUT 1 Star for Amazon Video version. Simply put, there are no subtitles. After calling Amazon, they confirmed that the two previous reviewers ordered as a DVD which came with subtitles. The movie itself is great, especially for those interested in Israeli films and the diversity of Israel. I am sure very few English speaking people could make heads or tails of this version. Truthfully, the vast majority of Israelis would be able to fully comprehend this movie. Yes, the main language is Hebrew, but there is also Russian and Ahmaric. Not just a few words throw in, but entire scenes. Fun to catch the occasional Yiddish and some Israeli borrowed Arabic terms, but without subtitles it is unwatchable for 99.999% of people on planet Earth. Why Amazon chose not to include subtitles, and simply brush it off as "the video does not specify that subtitles are included" is unacceptable. Yes, get the movie, but only in DVD format.
Amazon did offer to refund my money, however. I wanted to keep it as I had seen it and gotten the general plot. They gave me Film Movement's phone number so I could request that they add subtitles. That was a waste. They slso informed me they would work on getting subtitles and email me when and if they were available. I decided to get a refund and buy the more expensive DVD. I went back to edit my rant about this, only to see that it now clearly states "with English subtitles". So much for the email. Also, Netflix had this streaming for over 8 months with subtitles. Glad the issue was resolved, but of the numerous folks I spoke to only one showed the usual Amazon can do helpfulness.
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First things first, I am a huge fan of Film Movement, which releases foreign and indie movies on DVD which otherwise would never find an audience here.

"Vasermil" (2007 release from Israel; 95 min.) brings the story of three youths, growing up in the southern Israeli city of Be'er Sheva in the Negev desert. In a sense it provides a microcosm of Israel's society, which has seen significant changes with the massive immigration in the last 15-20 years from Russia and Africa. One of the boys hails from Ethiopian immigrants, another from Russian immigrants, and the last one is an Israeli native. All of them live in difficult family and economic circumstances, and their way to improve themselves, perhaps, lies in playing for the local high school soccer team, hoping to attrack the interest of soccer scouts. I don't want to give too much away from the plot, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out, although I will venture to say that this movie doesn't guarantee a Hollywood "happy ending" or "all issues resolved" when the movie concludes. Great performances from the three youths, in particular the Etheopian and Russian boys. I really enjoyed this movie from start to finish. There is a great scene in the early part of the movie when the Ethiopoan boy and one of his friends stare into a beautiful sunset, the boy says "it's just like Africa" and his friend responds "you've never even been in Africa!" Ha!

I am a little puzzled why Film Movement decided to release this movie now, almost 5 years after it came out originally, but I suppose better later than never. I spent some time in Isreal in late 2010, including in the Negev desert. Amazing what I saw there, cities built literally out of nowhere in the unforgiving desert. I would readily recommend a trip to Israel if you've never been there. That aside, if you are into good foreign and indie movies, I would strongly suggest you seek out this movie.
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(special thanks to Film Movement for providing me with a screener!)

Israel is, this movie reminds us, something of a melting pot. We have three young male characters we follow through this story, and each is a different nationality. We have Sholmi (Nadir Eldad), who works as a pizza delivery boy for an extremely unpleasant man and who is also captain of his local soccer team. Then we have Dima (David Taplitzky), a Russian immigrant who works for some shady types dealing drugs. Finally there's Adiel (Adiel Zamro), a student who is either Ethiopian by birth or just of Ethiopian ancestry. One interesting side effect of this cast of characters is that the movie is in three different languages: Hebrew, Russian and Amharic.

The movie begins with a rather bored-looking Dima stealing the scooter Shlomi uses for doing deliveries. This appears to be just a random act and not targeted at Shlomi in particular. He then spends some time riding around his hometown as Shlomi has to explain to his unsympathetic, violent boss that the scooter was stolen. Dima eventually dumps the scooter where it's found by Adiel and a friend of his as they walk home from soccer practice. They aren't sure what to make of it, but certainly know what to do with the pizza they find inside the scooter's cargo box. Unfortunately, as they're enjoying their new-found tastiness, Shlomi and his brother find them, assume they're the ones who stole the scooter and beat five kinds of snot out of them.

We then spend some time following each of the three boys through their lives. Dima's home life, we learn, is very unhappy. His father is unemployed, verbally abusive and holds out dreams of moving to Germany. Dima himself seems fairly directionless, and skips school a lot.
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