Walk on Water

2005

Walk on Water

Critics Consensus

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

72%

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Total Count: 75

87%

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User Ratings: 5,721
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Movie Info

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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Cast

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

All Critics (75) | Top Critics (26)

  • 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

  • Dec 24, 2012
    A great thriller and Nazi pursuit...perhaps the best crafted thus far.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 21, 2011
    A mossad agent recently widowed is sent on a miission to escort 2 german tourists around israel, Them being brother and sister. the true motives being their grandfather a nazi during wartime, and hoping information will become known about his whereabouts, but as he goes about his mission, a friendship forms with the brother/sister. this isnt Munich in any way but a realationship drama but also bringing up interestinmg topics on the subjec t in question, especially last third where the brother becomes more focused.
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    Beautiful scenery. Great story. Well done foreign film.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 20, 2007
    Interesting premise, well executed, excellent performances.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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