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Walk on Water -- 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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Director:
Writer:
Gal Uchovsky (screenplay)
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Release Date:
18 March 2004 (Israel) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
He was trained to hate until he met the enemy See more »
Plot:
Following the suicide of his wife, an Israeli intelligence agent is assigned to befriend the grandchildren of a Nazi war criminal. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
4 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Authentic and moving (though, more than slightly Self-righteous) See more (65 total) »

Cast

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Lior Ashkenazi ... 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

Yousef 'Joe' Sweid ... Rafik

Imad Jabarin ... 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
Imke Barnstedt ... Helga
Yuval Semo ... Guy with a Cell Phone
Adi Eisenman ... Mossad Agent
Mahir Tuocu ... Abu Ibraim
Nesrin Cevadzade ... Abu Ibraim's Wife
Ahmed Saydam ... Ibraim
Shay Rokach ... Tel Aviv Bartender
Sascha Remkuf ... Berlin Bartender
Hubertus Regout ... Drag Queen #1
Biggy van Blond ... Drag Queen
Paisley Dalton ... Drag Queen #3
Itimar Ziv ... Eyal and Pia's Baby

Directed by
Eytan Fox 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Knut Berger  collaboration (uncredited)
Caroline Peters  collaboration (uncredited)
Andreas Struck  collaboration (uncredited)
Gal Uchovsky  screenplay

Produced by
Tatjana Bonnet .... associate producer: Germany (as Tatjana Jakovleski)
Leon Edery .... executive producer
Moshe Edery .... executive producer
Amir Feingold .... line producer: Israel
Sigi Fischer .... line producer: Germany
Eytan Fox .... executive producer
Amir Harel .... producer
Micki Rabinovich .... executive producer (as Micky Rabinovitz)
David Silber .... executive producer
Gal Uchovsky .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ivri Lider 
 
Cinematography by
Tobias Hochstein (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Yosef Grunfeld 
 
Casting by
Yael Aviv 
Chun Mei Tan 
 
Art Direction by
Avi Fahima 
Christoph Merg 
 
Costume Design by
Rona Doron 
Peter Pohl 
 
Makeup Department
Galia Azulai .... makeup department head: Israel (as Galia Azoulay)
Neomi Eyni .... hair designer: Israel
Pamela Grujic .... hair stylist: Germany
Pamela Grujic .... makeup artist: Germany
Shani Hirsch .... makeup artist: additional photography, Israel
Limor Markazi .... makeup artist: Israel
Pascale Sophia Profe-Bracht .... makeup assistant: Germany (as Pascale Sophia Bofe-Bracht)
Sonia Salazar-Zivoder .... makeup assistant: Germany
Byrgen Yildirim .... makeup artist: Turkey
 
Production Management
Sharona Berger .... post-production supervisor
Tatjana Bonnet .... production manager: Germany (as Tatjana Jakovleski)
Huseyin Karabey .... production manager: Turkey (as Hüseyin Karabey)
Hanan 'Dino' Yunger .... production manager: Israel
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sven Fehrensen .... second assistant director: Germany
Lee-At Heller .... second assistant director: Israel (as Li-At Heller)
Tamar Ichilov .... first assistant director: Israel
Michael G. Johnson .... first assistant director: Germany (as Michael Johnson)
Irit Kosover .... additional assistant director: Israel
 
Art Department
Yaron Aglof .... art assistant: Israel (as Yaron Agiof)
Daniele Drobny .... set dresser: Germany (as Daniel Drobny)
Pini Ezra .... painter: Israel
Lahav Halevi .... graphic designer: Big Eyes Design
Oren Khalifa .... props: Israel (as Oren Kalifa)
Claudia Kiefer .... stand-by props: Germany
Thomas Krause .... set dresser: Germany
Eliezer Marko .... art assistant: Israel
Dafi Neuman .... set decorator: Israel (as Dafna Noyman-Sargoty)
Dafi Neuman .... set dresser: additional photography, Israel (as Dafi Noiyman-Sorgati)
Sven Posniak .... set dresser: Germany
Itay Shitnit .... art assistant: Israel (as Itay Shitrit)
 
Sound Department
Fesyh Alpagu .... sound mixer: Turkey
Stefan Becker .... sound studio manager: ElektroFilm, Berlin
Israel David .... sound re-recording mixer
Rotem Dror .... assistant sound editor
Martin Ehlers-Falkenberg .... boom operator: Germany (as Martin Ehlers)
Itai Elohev .... sound mixer: Israel (as Itay Elohav)
Ilana Grushka .... dialogue editor (as Elana Grushka)
Andreas Mücke-Niesytka .... sound mixer: Germany (as Andreas Muecke-Niesytka)
Ronen Nagel .... chief sound editor
Moshe Oshry .... assistant sound editor
Alon Shapira .... boom operator: Israel
Marcus Sujata .... sound recording engineer
Gil Toren .... dubbing mixer
Gil Toren .... sound designer
Nick Watson .... sound consultant: Dolby
Amos Zipori .... sound mixer: additional photography, Israel
Lee Zohar .... sound technician
 
Visual Effects by
Matthias Albrecht .... digital compositor: optical titles
Thomas Faber .... digital compositor: optical titles
Syntje Sperling .... color timer
 
Stunts
Mattias Bark .... stunt performer: Germany (as Matthias Bark)
Sascha Girndt .... stunt performer: Germany
Tomas Jester .... stunt performer: Germany (as Tom Jester)
Moritz Prochnow .... stunt performer: Germany
Steve Thiede .... stunt performer: Germany
Rainer Werner .... stunt coordinator: Germany
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Oren Arad .... first assistant camera: Israel
Güngör Aydin .... gaffer: Turkey
Adi Borkin .... best boy: Israel
Asher Cohen .... loader: Israel
Paul Freuer .... key grip: Germany
Philipp Henning .... second camera assistant: Germany
Alexander Jung .... best boy: Germany
Golan Kabayet .... key grip: Israel
Dudi Kaufman .... camera car: Israel
Kenan Koila .... key grip: Turkey (as Kenan Kolla)
Oliver Kühne .... electrician: Germany
Yuval Landsberg .... lighting assistant: Israel
Rami Levy .... gaffer: additional photography, Israel (as Rami Levi)
Amir Lybman .... lighting assistant: Israel
Ohad Milstein .... loader: additional photography, Israel
David Namir .... additional camera assistant: Israel (as Dudi Namir)
Lior Pery .... gaffer: Israel (as Lior Perri)
Stephan Rabold .... still photographer: Germany
Florian Renz .... electrician: Germany
Helen Sabatzki .... second camera assistant: Germany
Bjoern Susen .... gaffer: Germany (as Björn-Yves Susen)
Cenk Tatarer .... second camera assistant: Turkey
Ram Tsizling .... lighting assistant: Israel (as Ram Cizling)
Sascha Vogel .... additional electrician: Germany
Ronen Yahalomi .... key grip: additional photography, Israel
Ronen Yahalomi .... second grip: Israel
Yossi Zwecker .... still photographer: Israel
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jule Brauer .... wardrobe assistant: Germany
Hadas Cnaani .... wardrobe supervisor: Israel
Oren Dar .... additional costume designer: Israel
Saskia Gierke .... wardrobe assistant: Germany
 
Editorial Department
Yael Biron .... post-production assistant
Manuela Buhtz .... negative cutter
Naomi El'ani .... digitizer (as Naomi Elani)
Yaniv Raiz .... assistant editor: Israel
Gabi Shihor .... digitizer
Syntje Sperling .... color grader
Heike Thörner .... negative cutter (as Heike Thoerner)
Katja Zaworski .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
Galina Glushkin .... concert master
Udi Harpaz .... conductor
Udi Harpaz .... orchestrator
Yoav Shdema .... score recording engineer
The Tel Aviv String Orchestra .... musician: orchestra
 
Transportation Department
Ilan Appel .... driver: Israel (as Ilan Apel)
Ömer Mümyn Bak .... driver: Turkey (as Ömer Mümyn Balc)
Itzik Ben-Aroya .... tow company: Israel (as Itzik Ben Aroya)
Aly Demyr .... driver: Turkey
Claudia Drenda .... driver: Germany
Moishe Gissis .... driver: Israel (as Moshe Gissis)
Ýsmayl Karabey .... driver: Turkey
Dudi Kaufman .... driver: camera car, Israel
Eyal Koren .... driver: additional photography, Israel
Guy Ne'eman .... tow company: Israel
Arndt Stepper .... driver: props, Germany
Eyal Zabari .... driver: Israel
 
Other crew
Shimshon 'Oni' Alber .... production assistant: Israel
Sharona Berger .... assistant: Mr. Fox, Israel
Sharona Berger .... script supervisor: Israel
Guy Cohen .... location manager: Israel
Suzy DeLowe .... translator
Pimes Doerfler .... accountant: Germany (as Pimes Dörfler)
Lia Eshkol .... water girl: Israel
Omri Givon .... location scout: Israel
Toni Greenman .... legal services
Toni Gruber .... set runner: Germany (as Tony Gruber)
Bernd Hein .... accountant: Germany
Nick Hertwig .... location scout: Germany
Sefi Hirsh .... location coordinator: Israel, Ma'agan Michael
Uzi Karin .... location coordinator: Israel, Ben Gurion Airport
Eran Kosover .... airport security officer: Israel
Guy Kupper .... weapon instructor: Israel
Assaf Lavi .... production assistant: Israel
Adi Levi .... pre-production coordinator: Israel
Ute Lingner .... lab services
Ido Narkis .... production assistant: Israel
Eli Nekave .... personal trainer: Israel
Banu Ozturk .... production assistant: Turkey (as Banu Öztürk)
Christa Paulini .... lab services
Esther Reinecke .... production coordinator: Germany
Christoph Renger .... location manager: Germany
Hillel Roseman .... location coordinator: Israel, Jerusalem (as Hillel Rozenman)
Moshe Rotstein .... production accountant
Gil Rozenfeld .... production coordinator: Israel
Wiebke Scherenberger .... set runner: Germany
Gabriela Schultze .... lab services
Daniel Schwarz .... location manager: Germany
Niv Shaynfeld .... choreographer: Israel
Periham Tap .... production assistant: Turkey (as Perihan TaÞ)
Itay Valdman .... production assistant: Israel
Zohar Vodrero .... location coordinator: Israel, Golan Heights (as Zohar Wodrero)
Richard Lormand .... publicist: international (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Sarah Kaminker .... in memory of
Ohad Knoller .... thanks
Wieland Speck .... thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for some language including sexual references, and for brief nudity
Runtime:
103 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Netherlands:12 | Singapore:M18 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Zurich) | UK:15 | USA:R
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The SUV that they ride around in throughout Israel is an "And Rover" since the L is missing off of the hood ornament.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In both times when Eyal goes to the shooting range, his hits change places on targets once targets are pulled to the shooter position.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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Movie Connections:
References The Eurovision Song Contest (1998) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Your soulSee more »

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56 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
Authentic and moving (though, more than slightly Self-righteous), 11 October 2004
Author: eyal philippsborn (eyal_philippsborn@yahoo.com) from jerusalem, israel

Sometimes the opening credits predict a great deal about the film itself. Sometimes it's a deliberate decision of the director and sometimes it's a plain business decision. James bond's movies always began with silhouettes of highly attractive women holding guns in a "I'm having a seizure" postures (a long and annoying tradition that stopped only on "Die another day") , Ed Wood films opening credits were presented as epitaffs on graves (indicating that people would see the films over their dead bodies) etc.

This film's credits are pretty conventional, only they are in English. This is more than slightly perplexing since this film is not only shot, mainly, in Israel but also because it deals with a topic that is highly charged and controversial among Israelis, namely, the collaboration with modern day Germany, in light of the not so distant past of the Holocaust.

Eyal (Lior Ashkenazi in a terrific performance) is a Mossad agent, returning from Turkey after an efficient and clean assassination of a Terrorist only to find that during his absence his wife, Iris, committed suicide. Eyal, an obtuse individual who only benefited from it in his work, seems unaffected emotionally by such a tragic loss and the worried powers that be demote him (to his dismay) to gather information about a Nazi criminal that lives a clandestine life in an undisclosed location. Eyal poses as a tour guide for Axel, the Nazi's grandson, visiting his sister in a Kibbutz (a once glorified and now decaying socialist community) after she disengaged herself from her parents.

The "Spying" mission turns soon enough to be a "Roman a clef", a self discovery voyage where Eyal deals with his upbringing in a house of Holocaust survivors and the flaws of his character that made him a first rate assassin but a third rate human being. Axel, the German tourists who starts as Eyal's nemesis (not only because of his origin but also due to his gay tendencies and his merry and merciful personality), ends up as the one who turns Eyal's life around.

The relationship with modern day Germany is still a touchy subject in Israel and will probably remain so for many decades to come. Till this day, many families don't travel to Germany or even buy German products and although I believe that no generation is born with a debt, I never judge those who boycott Germany considering the demons they have to face as a result of the never too distant to be forgotten Holocaust. This movie deals with the dealing of both Israelis and Germans with their past and with each other by the impossible friendship between Eyal and Axel.

The Latin credits, as I said before, are the prophecy for the filmmakers' intention for foreign viewing. It begins with the almost apologetic mentioning that Eyal's assassination "victim" is a terrorist , continues with the too PC and not very plot-essential coexistence with the Israeli-Arab population and the atmosphere of the gay night life.

Moreover, the film conveniently deals with another controversial subject, Palestinian Terror, in a manner that is easier for the European "creative stomach" to digest. At a certain point, its over flown with excessive self-righteousness that is rarely identified in a terror ridden country.

That reservation is the film's only major flaw and, altogether, the collaboration between the writer, Gal Uchovski, and director, Eitan Fuchs, spawns one of the best written and directed Israeli films I came across. Aided with wonderful acting and well constructed plot, this film encounters its major controversial issue bravely and authentically which I assume, atones the writer and driector's failure to do so in its minor one.

8.5 out of 10 in my FilmOmeter.

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