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The Children of USSR (2007)

Yeldey SSSR (original title)
You came from Russia to Israel. Are you ready to show everybody that you are a winner and fight for your right to live there?


Feliks Gerchikov




Credited cast:
Daniel Bruck ... Slava
Salim Dau ... Policeman
Vitali Friedland Vitali Friedland ... Kostyl'
Vladimir Friedman ... Viktor the Coach (as Vladimir Freedman)
Tamara Klingon ... Svetlana (as Tamara Klayngon)
Arthur Marchenko Arthur Marchenko ... Banochka
Shaul Mizrahi ... Mashiah
Niko Nikolaev Niko Nikolaev ... Vitaly
Igal Reznik Igal Reznik ... Mucha
Sirak M. Sabahat Sirak M. Sabahat ... Nisim
Anna Stephan ... Oksana


A group of young immigrants from Soviet Union live in a provincial Israeli town. In their new homeland the only person who follows them closely is the local policeman, family ties are wearing out day by day, and they do everything to mess their lives up, transforming their anxiety to get a new social standing in violence and robbery. Will they be able to build a soccer team and win the local championship? Will sport help them to recover self-esteem and prove to everyone that they are not doomed to live as criminals? Written by Marina Sorina

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Crime | Drama | Romance | Sport


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This film was made possible after Felix Gerchikov, himself an emigre√© from Russia to Israel, has won "The Israeli Greenlight Project", broadcasted on the Israeli satellite network "Yes". This winning of 500,000 dollars allowed the young director to produce his first feature film. See more »

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Nice coming-of-age film
3 May 2013 | by FalconeerSee all my reviews

Without extensive knowledge of the politics behind this film, "Children of USSR" is a very enjoyable coming of age drama with just enough comic elements to make it a fun movie to watch. Slava comes from Russia, to live in Southern Isreal, a small desert town with little to do. He is faced with the usual prejudice from Isreali youths who dislike the Russian immigrants living there. Slava manages to find other outsiders like himself and they arrange a football team in order for something to occupy their time. The film follows the lives of Slava and Mucha and Svetlana, the girlfriend of Slava, as well as their immediate families. What makes the film enjoyable is the fact that the characters are all likable, and they are easy to relate to. It's also nice to see them grow and become adults as the story progresses. This film follows a familiar formula, but it really works here. It never takes itself too seriously, even though it cannot be classified as a comedy. Fascinating for audiences from other parts of the World who want a glimpse into other cultures. I had to write a review of "Yeldey CCCP" when I noticed the terrible, low rating some people gave. This is absolutely not a "2 star" film in any way! My only disappointment was that, although football is a main theme, very little actual football is shown on screen. But actor Daniel Bruck is so charismatic as Slava, that it wasn't noticeable.

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June 2007 (Israel) See more »

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