Watermarks Reviews

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November 18, 2005
Surprisingly complex and moving, Yaron Silberman's vibrantly nostalgic documentary succeeds because it is about more than its surface subjects, young Jewish women who were champion swimmers in the 1930s whose lives were interrupted by the war.
June 17, 2005
The film's real power comes from the women's personalities.
June 17, 2005
That the film is watchable is largely due to the women, any of whom could have been the subject of a better, considerably more focused film.
June 3, 2005
It is a treat to encounter the fierce, brave, learned women of Watermarks.
June 3, 2005
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.
June 3, 2005
Modest, moving and intelligently assembled.
April 29, 2005
His film, both reverent and affectionate, has at its heart a story that richly deserves the telling.
April 1, 2005
What a delightful group they are -- sharp, witty, chic survivors who forged new lives and successful careers in new countries.
March 31, 2005
Not especially lively filmmaking, but Zilberman has unearthed some terrific footage of the club in its heyday.
March 3, 2005
The film's denouement is one of triumphant symbolism as the women return to Vienna for a swim in their former pool. There are no medals given for this reunion, but it's definitely one that deserves a cheer.
February 25, 2005
A touching film, providing a glimpse into yet another hidden story about the history of European Jews before the arrival of the Nazis.
February 18, 2005
One of the most amazing aspects of this film is how many of the octogenarian-plus swimmers have survived after first fleeing post-Anschluss Austria for the four corners of the world.
February 18, 2005
It seems that some stories, especially those that study human nature, are universal.
February 18, 2005
The images of them swimming together after all those years are beautiful and a little holy: They look like angels in the water.
February 3, 2005
Not a great movie, but contains fascinating historical material.
January 25, 2005
This account of the pre-Nazi glory and subsequent harrowing fate of the Austrian Jewish sports club Hakoah makes for a necessary corrective to Leni Riefenstahl's grudgingly admired Olympic myth-mongering.
January 21, 2005
Hugely entertaining and wonderfully warm documentary.
January 21, 2005
A moving, poignant tale about triumph in the face of the unthinkable.
January 21, 2005
As documentaries go, Watermarks is nothing special. But the women who inhabit it are sensational.
January 21, 2005
Moving documentary.
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