Watermarks (2005)



Critic Consensus: Watermarks is a moving and fascinating look at how the Nazi-fication of Germany in the 1930s affect a group of Jewish women swimmers.

Movie Info

This is the story of the champion women swimmers of the legendary Jewish sports club, Hakoah Vienna. Founded in 1909 in response to the notorious Aryan Paragraph, which forbade Austrian sports clubs from accepting Jewish athletes, Hakoah rapidly grew into one of Europe's biggest athletic clubs, with its members achieving astonishing success in many diverse sports. In the 1930s Hakoah's best-known triumphs came from its women swimmers, who dominated national competitions in Austria. After the … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Art House & International, Sports & Fitness, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Ronen Dorfan, Yonatan Israel, Yaron Zilberman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 6, 2005
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Critic Reviews for Watermarks

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (18)

Zilberman's storytelling is a little jumpy, but his documentary is a fitting tribute to seven women whose strength of mind and character, as much as their physical prowess, was developed by the organization that ensured their survival.

Full Review… | June 3, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Modest, moving and intelligently assembled.

Full Review… | June 3, 2005
Globe and Mail
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His film, both reverent and affectionate, has at its heart a story that richly deserves the telling.

Full Review… | April 29, 2005
Seattle Times
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What a delightful group they are -- sharp, witty, chic survivors who forged new lives and successful careers in new countries.

Full Review… | April 1, 2005
Los Angeles Times
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Not especially lively filmmaking, but Zilberman has unearthed some terrific footage of the club in its heyday.

Full Review… | March 31, 2005
L.A. Weekly
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A touching film, providing a glimpse into yet another hidden story about the history of European Jews before the arrival of the Nazis.

Full Review… | February 25, 2005
Miami Herald
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