Walk on Water (2005)
Critic Consensus: Politically complex and ambitious, Walk on Water delivers a memorable story of guilt, revenge, and human connectivity.
An Israeli agent with a license to kill is thrown off his game by two people who challenge his deeply held assumptions in this drama. Eyal (Lior Ashkenazi) is an agent with Mossad, the Israeli intelligence and security force. A man capable of making snap moral judgments but unwilling to reveal his emotions, Eyal has been burying himself in his often bloody work since the death of his wife. Eyal's latest assignment is to try to learn the whereabouts of a Nazi war criminal; as it happens, his granddaughter Pia (Carolina Peters) is in Israel spending time on a kibbutz, and when he learns that her brother Axel (Knut Berger) is coming to visit her, Eyal goes undercover as a tour guide in order to get to know them without arousing suspicion. Eyal finds himself taken with Pia, who displays a warmth and openness he's never expected to find in a German. At the same time, Eyal discovers Axel is gay and doesn't care who knows about it, and as Eyal gets to know him he finds himself torn between his genuine fondness for Axel and his long-standing homophobia. Walk on Water was directed by Eytan Fox, who earned international acclaim for his story of two gay men in the Israeli army, Yossi & Jagger. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi … More
|Rating:||R (some language including sexual references, and for brief nudity)|
|Genre:||Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense|
|Directed By:||Eytan Fox|
|Written By:||Gal Uchovsky|
|In Theaters:||Mar 4, 2005 Limited|
|On DVD:||Aug 30, 2005|
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Critic Reviews for Walk on Water
The film deals with many serious issues, some of them only superficially, but Fox places them all in the context of the growing friendship between the two opposites.
Affecting performances by the cast place those abstract issues firmly in the human world.
This movie already has enough topics on the table. As a result, none gets the attention it deserves.
The negotiation of each character's burdensome collective history as they try to figure out how to proceed into a more rational future, makes for engaging and articulate multinational storytelling.
Audience Reviews for Walk on Water
Beautiful scenery. Great story. Well done foreign film.
Interesting premise, well executed, excellent performances.
[font=Century Gothic]"Walk on Water" starts with a macho Israeli government assassin, Eyal(Lior Ashkenazi), returning after the completion of a successful mission in Istanbul to find his wife, Iris, has committed suicide. A month later, his boss, Menachem(Gideon Shemer), feels that he is not ready for active duty and has a different kind of assignment for him. A former Nazi, Alfred Himmelman, responsible for the death of many people during the Holocaust, was in hiding and there is a chance he may still be alive. If so, Menachem wants a crack at him before he does die of natural causes. Himmelman's granddaughter, Pia(Caroline Peters), conveniently lives on a kibbutz in country while her brother, Axel(Knut Berger), is about to visit her. So, Menachem assigns Eyal to play tour guide, so he can get close to the siblings and see what information he can gather.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"Walk on Water" is well-meaning to a fault in calling for peace but it is very, very obvious and predictable.(For example, the classic antiwar song "For What It's Worth" is played three times on the soundtrack.) The film gives a very simplistic treatment to complex themes of history and politics. The characters are thinly drawn, especially Eyal. And the coda is especially hard to believe. [/font]
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