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Following the suicide of his wife, an Israeli intelligence agent is assigned to befriend the grandchildren of a Nazi war criminal.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Eyal
Knut Berger ...
Axel Himmelman
Caroline Peters ...
Pia Himmelman
Gideon Shemer ...
Menachem (as Gidon Shemer)
Carola Regnier ...
Axel's Mother
Hanns Zischler ...
Axel's Father
Ernest Lenart ...
Alfred Himmelman
Eyal Rozales ...
Jello
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Rafik
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Rafik's uncle
Sivan Sasson ...
Weapons Instructor
Natali Shilman ...
Iris (as Natali Szylman)
Hugo Yarden ...
Kibbuz Director
Joshua Simon ...
Kibbuz Singer
Tom Rahav ...
Kibbuz Singer
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Storyline

Eyal, an Israeli Mossad agent, is given the mission to track down and kill the very old Alfred Himmelman, an ex-Nazi officer, who might still be alive. Pretending to be a tourist guide, he befriends his grandson Axel, in Israel to visit his sister Pia. The two men set out on a tour of the country during which, Axel challenges Eyal's values. Written by Sujit R. Varma (with edits by Nelson Ricardo)

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Rated R for some language including sexual references, and for brief nudity | See all certifications »

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18 March 2004 (Israel)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$60,465 (USA) (4 March 2005)

Gross:

$2,712,736 (USA) (2 September 2005)
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Trivia

The name of the tour company which Eyal fronts for is Horizon Tours. See more »

Goofs

The plastic overwrap on the folk dance CD extends about an inch past the CD cover in close-up then after a cut the extra plastic is gone. See more »

Quotes

Axel Himmelman: [tries to walk on the sea and falls in]
Eyal: [sarcastically] Bravo. You did it.
Axel Himmelman: You don't understand. You can't just come to the Sea of Galilee and start walking on water. If you could, everybody would be doing it. You need to prepare yourself.
Eyal: And how would you do that? Please enlighten me.
Axel Himmelman: Well, you need to completely purify yourself. Your heart needs to be like it's clean from the inside: no negativity, no bad thoughts.
Eyal: And then?
Axel Himmelman: And then you can walk on water. I'm sure of it.
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In memory of my mother Sarah Kaminker A fighter for human rights and peace See more »

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Featured in Sharon Amrani: Remember His Name (2010) See more »

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For What It's Worth
Written by Stephen Stills
Arranged by Sergio Mendes and Shantel
Performed by Shantel and Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66
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The Eyes Have It
14 June 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw this film without knowing anything at all about it, except that it was Israeli and about someone getting to know his enemy. I was utterly entranced by the story, and the way it interwove complex conflicts like Israeli v. Arab, Jew v. Nazi, even gay v. straight, issues which are usually only dealt with in simplistic terms -- especially in all the homogenized, mainstream pap that comes out of Hollywood.

I found the characters to be fascinating and complex, each of them struggling with his own private conflicts. The main character, Eyal, played by gorgeous Lior Ashkenazi, who is a major star in Israel, is a cold, unfeeling assassin working for the Mossad. We see how efficiently he performs his duties in the opening. But Eyal is a character who is emotionally damaged, his feelings so bottled up that he can't even mourn the suicide of his wife.

Because he refuses psychological counselling, he is denied another mission but is instead assigned to a pet project of Menachem, his world-weary boss, to befriend the grandchildren of an aging Nazi who had come close to exterminating Menachem and Eyal's mother as well, in order to try to discover information about the grandfather's whereabouts.

Eyal is grudgingly polite to the German sister, who has moved to Israel and lives on a kibbutz. Because she has to work, Eyal spends all his time with her visiting younger brother, who is a kind, open, caring, and humanistic youth. Eyal finds himself increasingly drawn to this young man, in ways he can't understand. His eyes reveal his growing fascination, but confusion at unfamiliar feelings he didn't know were there. The core of the movie is their growing relationship, both in emotional as well as physical terms, as they shower together naked, and Eyal rubs suntan lotion on the young German while they are both nude.

When it finally dawns on Eyal that Axel is gay, which everyone else on the planet had figured out long ago, it upsets Eyal's macho self-image and he grumpily retreats -- but circumstances compel his return, and he finds that the feelings Axel has stirred up in him save his soul.


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