3.8 Welcome to Be'er Sheva, the armpit of Israel. Economically oppressed, the racism between Ashkenazim, Sephardim, Ethiopians and Russians is amplified and even more pointless than usual. The schools are shit. Even the pizza is bad. The only ways to escape the dismal oppressive reality of this crappy desert city are drugs or soccer, neither of which provide lasting relief.
A tale of three alienated boys, none of whom has had an easy upbringing but unite for common love. Football for these three boys means getting noticed by scouts and escape the unforgiving environment. I liked the movie for its plot and commitment to work together and win the soccer championship. Not every moment is convincing, however, the actors do well in gaining sympathy from the audience.
A memorable movie about three hot-blooded teenagers and their hopes of living better lives. The family dynamic plays a vital role into shaping each teenager and makes the audience sympathetic to their circumstances. An interesting use of camera angles and movements that makes the narrative and setting authentic. An outstanding performance by the cast who do not “pull punches”.
(3.5 stars) A very interesting peek into the teenage world of Israel. Three different kids from different social backgrounds, races and countries come together through a common bond of soccer. It was a captivating look at the power of sport to bring people together. This would have been a 4 or 4.5 star movie for me actually, if the ending wasn't so bad. Just a poor way to end a film. Ah well.
A well-crafted script and top-notch delivery from what I assume are rookie actors. The battle of these potential young footballers to overcome ethnically diverse pressures made this an interesting watch and felt 'real'.