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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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israeli | suicide | nazi | israel | tourist | See more »

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He was trained to hate until he met the enemy See more »


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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

Caroline Peters, who plays Pia, revealed in an interview on Israeli television that her actual grandfather was a Nazi, just like her character's grandfather in the film See more »

Goofs

When Eyal runs out of the party at the villa, his shirt-tail is out, which is unlikely. When he arrives at Manachem's hotel it is still out when he leaves the car, but tucked in when he runs down the hotel hall and talks to Manachem in Manachem's room. Then when he returns to the villa, it is out again. 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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Written by Mason Williams and Nancy Ames
Performed by Esther Ofarim and Abi Ofarim
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Quietly Subversive
15 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although "Walk on Water" will probably not be an enduring classic, I rate it a rare 10 because it displays the best qualities of contemporary film-making: concise, multicultural, visually exciting, and unflinching, with distinct and intertwined stories. The viewer sees the past and present conflicts of Israeli culture alternately through the two main characters -- the doubting zealousness of the seasoned Israeli operative and the clear-eyed innocence of the young German tourist. Well edited and subtle, each scene conveys its message and moves on. Most remarkable are the unexpected revelations in each character and the underlying changes, imperceptible from one scene to the next, but powerful over the arc of the film. In short, the film is enjoyable and riveting.


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