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The film is named after the local football stadium located in the town of Be'er Sheva in southern Israel. Vasermil tells the story of three teenagers who live in the same tough neighborhood, growing up in an unforgiving environment, pinning their hopes on football as a way out. Shlomi lives with his widowed mother, little sister, and step-father and works as a pizza delivery boy. Adiel, of Ethiopian descent, has to look after his young brother and sick mother. Dima, a new immigrant from Russia, has a father who is unemployed and a mother who works as a cleaning lady. The three teens are recruited by the coach of the local football team to take part in the Be'er Sheva open youth championship, held, traditionally on Independence Day at the Vasermil stadium . Learning to work together as a team is the key to success in the tournament and success in the tournament means getting noticed by the scouts of the local football empire - Hapoel Be'er Sheva. In order to win the tournament they ... Written by
Excellent work scene by scene, but not a full-length plot and not many heroes
Hebrew speakers are shockingly indifferent to correct spelling in other languages, and I can only assume that nobody from the producer on down cared about the correct spelling of "Wassermill," the name of a stadium in Beersheba. Not that it would have been a good title to promote a movie with anyway. And speaking of promotion, the poster makes the movie look like a comedy and there's not much funny about it. It starts by showing us three alienated kids, none of whom evokes a great deal of sympathy at least initially and none of whom is involved in what looks like much of a dynamic plot. Only some distance from the start does the movie hint that it's going to hang loosely on the cliché of "Can these misfits get together and make a successful team?" And only later than that is any real sympathy for some of the characters invoked. But the actors are very credible and there's lots of tension in the individual scenes. Apparently almost none of the actors had worked in a movie before, and not very many of them have worked in a movie since. In fact the director himself has not come out with another film, although his work here drew considerable praise.
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