Walk on Water (2005)



Critic Consensus: 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
R (some language including sexual references, and for brief nudity)
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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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

All Critics (75) | Top Critics (26)

Terrific Israeli drama.

April 29, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 29, 2005
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Affecting performances by the cast place those abstract issues firmly in the human world.

April 28, 2005
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

This movie already has enough topics on the table. As a result, none gets the attention it deserves.

Full Review… | April 28, 2005
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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.

April 1, 2005
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.

Full Review… | March 31, 2005
Washington Post
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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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