Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Vasermil ---another soccer-related film but from Israel

Okay let me be honest...I'm not really into sports but show me a film sports-related with a good story about those into the sports then it's likely I'll be into it!!!

Vasermil is one of those types of films. Unlike some Israeli films, two of the main characters aren't your typical Israelis. Adiel's family is from Ethiopia and Dima's family is Russian. These two teen boys represent the diversity of immigrants that have moved to Israeli. At home they still speak the family languages Amharic & Russian while elsewhere they usually speak Hebrew. This film qualifies as a multilingual film!!

Both boys have been missing school and they are given one last chance to redeem themselves. Every day they must report to Matan & attend soccer (European football) practice. Adiel was already on the team but because of prejudice he wasn't able to participate in playing and has been avoiding attending the soccer practices. The captain the soccer team is Schlomi, an Israeli boy who's had issues with Adiel but he also has his own challenges.

This is a great film about Israeli teens and the challenges they experience. Soccer is the segway to having them learn teamwork and get to know and appreciate each other's strengths.

If you like films about soccer, you might also like to watch a Mexican film that I reviewed called Rudo y Cursi about two friends from a small town who get drafted to play soccer.

Some info about the actors:
Adiel is portrayed by Adiel Zamro who has since acted in a number of other films. Funny that his real name is the same as his characters. Schlomi is portrayed by Nadir Eldad and Dima by David Taplitzky (also spelled 'Teplitzky).

Some Quotes from this film:

"You do everything I don't want to do."--Matan to Dima

"Blind is he who chooses not to see."---Dima to Adiel

"We Rastas believe that only serenity brings peace."---Adiel to Dima

"Doesn't Rasta tell you to fuck whoever wants to fuck you first?"---Dima to Adiel

"Don't think I don't see you selling ecstasy and stuff on Fridays."---Adiel to Dima

"Go sit in the stands and watch your brother make a life for himself."---Matan to Schlomi's brother

Some scenes from this film:

Here's the official trailer for Vasermil:

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Matter of Size - Japanese culture in Israel!

Herzl has a problem. He's in a weight-loss program but he keeps gaining weight. He's also been told that he's a bad influence on the others. On top of that, his boss also told him that he's been demoted from the front of the restaurant to the kitchen.

After quitting his job, Herzl finds a job at a Japanese restaurant as a dishwasher. His Japanese co-workers watch Sumo and they comment that Herzl is like a Sumo wrestler. The boss Kitano is a former Sumo referee. Fed up with the diet club and inspired by Sumo, Herzl is inspired to take up Sumo Wrestling. He enrolls his friends to participate and they all have other issues in their lives in addition to being "big." Aharon has problems with his marriage. Gidi is an in-the-closet gay "bear."

I don't want to say too much more about the plot and spoil it for anyone interested in watching it except that it's funny, entertaining, heart-warming and thought-provoking. I thought it was unusual to mix Israeli and Japanese culture.This is also a multilingual film with dialogue spoken in English, Japanese and Hebrew.

This film definitely deserved to win some awards and it did! It's a very enjoyable film directed by Sharon Maymon and Erez Tadmor. Sharon also worked on the screenplay. Those watching this film might also enjoy the soundtrack.

Herzl (which by the way in German means "little heart!') is played by Itzik Cohen and his love interest Zehava is played by Irit Kaplan. Kitano is played by Togo Igawa who lives in England and was the first Japanese actor to become a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company!

Here are some quotes from this film:

"Don't forget... with your mouth...we only talk."---Geula, diet club consultant

"Got married. Got divorced. Then got married again, then divorced...gained 10 kilos each time."---Zehava

"You're just a cook at a salad bar. So don't feel so heavy at the heart."---boss to Herzl

"But even on a diet you've got to eat. Do you want to starve to death?"--Herzl's mother to Herzl

"Hey, he looks just like a sumo wrestler!"---Japanese restaurant co-workers about Herzl

"No hot water again! And you call yourself a plumber!"---Aharon's wife

"It's crucial when and how much we eat. Cuz hunger is our slave, not our king."---Geula

"What's the deal? Does everyone have to be thin? You decided that fat is sick and we ate it all up. They're selling us self-hate here!"---Herzl

"So, should we get a little dirty?"---Zehava to Herzl

"Just since you haven't been able to fit in store-bought clothes."---Herzl's mother about her sewing

"Hope you don't like having sex in the dark."---Zehava

"When I was here in the sumo ring, I felt healthy for the first time in my life."---Herzl

"You think I'd cry about such nonsense? I've been hurt so many times before, I've lost count. I've got skin as thick as an elephants's."---Zehava

"I'm not wearing that. I'm no faggot."---Aharon

"My wife didn't cheat on me because I'm fat but because I'm a bad husband."---Aharon

Here are some scenes from this film:

Here's the official trailer for this film: