Walk on Water


Walk on Water

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Politically complex and ambitious, Walk on Water delivers a memorable story of guilt, revenge, and human connectivity.



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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

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Knut Berger
as Axel Himmelman
Carolina Peters
as Pia Himmelman
Gidon Shemer
as Menachem
Carola Regnier
as Axel's Mother
Ernst Lenart
as Axel's Father
Hanns Zischler
as Axel's Father
Ernest Lenart
as Alfred Himmelman
Imad Jabarin
as Rafik's Uncle
Sivan Sasson
as Shooting Instructor
Hugo Yarden
as Kibbutz Director
Joshua Simon
as Kibbutz Singer
Tom Rahav
as Kibbutz Singer
Yuval Semo
as Guy with Mobile
Adi Eisenman
as Mossad Agent
Mahir Tuoco
as Arab Father
Nesrin Cevadzade
as Arab Mother
Ahmet Saydam
as Arab Kid
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Critic Reviews for Walk on Water

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  • Terrific Israeli drama.

    Apr 29, 2005 | Rating: 4/5
  • 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.

    Apr 29, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Affecting performances by the cast place those abstract issues firmly in the human world.

    Apr 28, 2005 | Rating: 4/5
  • This movie already has enough topics on the table. As a result, none gets the attention it deserves.

    Apr 28, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • If there are no simple solutions offered to calm Israel's troubles, there is still hope in this fine portrait of a country torn too many ways.

    Apr 1, 2005 | Rating: B

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • Fox's film seems to say that the kind of saintly purity that would enable one to walk on water -- or to kill with impunity and without repercussions -- doesn't exist.

    Mar 31, 2005 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Walk on Water

A great thriller and Nazi pursuit...perhaps the best crafted thus far.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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Beautiful scenery. Great story. Well done foreign film.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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Interesting premise, well executed, excellent performances.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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[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][/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]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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