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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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29 April 2005 (USA) See more »
He was trained to hate until he met the enemy See more »
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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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 Cavadzade ... Abu Ibraim's Wife (as Nesrin Cevadzade)
Ahmed Saydam ... Ibraim
Shay Rokach ... Tel Aviv Bartender
Sascha Remkuf ... Berlin Bartender
George Hubertus Regout ... Drag Queen #1 (as Hubertus Regout)
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 .... 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
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
Location Management
Guy Cohen .... location manager: Israel
Omri Givon .... location scout: Israel
Nick Hertwig .... location scout: Germany
Sefi Hirsh .... location coordinator: Israel, Ma'agan Michael
Uzi Karin .... location coordinator: Israel, Ben Gurion Airport
Christoph Renger .... location manager: Germany
Hillel Roseman .... location coordinator: Israel, Jerusalem (as Hillel Rozenman)
Daniel Schwarz .... location manager: Germany
Zohar Vodrero .... location coordinator: Israel, Golan Heights (as Zohar Wodrero)
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
Suzy DeLowe .... translator
Pimes Doerfler .... accountant: Germany (as Pimes Dörfler)
Lia Eshkol .... water girl: Israel
Toni Greenman .... legal services
Toni Gruber .... set runner: Germany (as Tony Gruber)
Bernd Hein .... accountant: Germany
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
Moshe Rotstein .... production accountant
Gil Rozenfeld .... production coordinator: Israel
Wiebke Scherenberger .... set runner: Germany
Gabriela Schultze .... lab services
Niv Shaynfeld .... choreographer: Israel
Periham Tap .... production assistant: Turkey (as Perihan TaÞ)
Itay Valdman .... production assistant: Israel
Richard Lormand .... publicist: international (uncredited)
Sarah Kaminker .... in memory of
Ohad Knoller .... thanks
Wieland Speck .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for some language including sexual references, and for brief nudity
103 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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
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Did You Know?

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 filmSee more »
Continuity: 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 »
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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70 out of 76 people found the following review useful.
Two Opposite Men Unpredictably Learn A Very Personal Detente, 18 March 2005
Author: noralee from Queens, NY

"Walk on Water" piles layers of personal, family, religious, cultural, historical, employment, geopolitical, sexual, geographical, guilt and responsibility issues on two men -- and still makes it work as the gripping story of two individuals whose lives affect each other.

I saw an interview with director Eytan Fox where he said he wanted to imagine the two most opposite men possible and make them deal with each other. With writer Gal Uchovsky, he focuses on two men who are almost philosophical constructs of dissimilarity yet they come across as real people whose actions and reactions are unpredictable.

The central character Eyal is the quintessential sabra (Israeli-born native), a craggy, macho Mossad agent unable to discuss his feelings about his ravaged marriage, a child of a Holocaust survivor, fatigued with terrorist attacks and revenge, but in the opening moments efficiently murders a Hamas leader.

He is sent by his mentor/father figure on a rogue mission that annoys him in every possible way -- going undercover to gain the confidence of a young German fully integrated into the EU whose every opinion, action, lifestyle and family background he despises, a continental take on "Donnie Brasco." They personify Faulkner's dictum that "The past is never dead. It's never even past." as each man learns that the measure of a man is not just what he does today and did yesterday, but the genetics and heritage that make up his identity and does influence his choices -- choices that we hold our breaths to see played out.

Lior Ashkenazi captures the screen projecting the relaxed casualness of male camaraderie comfortable from years in the military and then his reactions as he gradually realizes he's been thrust into more complex situations.

Though the situations get a bit too artfully complicated when their somewhat picaresque adventures range from the German's kibbutznik sister to Palestinians to skinheads and a somewhat unnecessary though emotionally satisfying coda, the dialog does refrain from a couple of the most obvious ironies as each man gradually reveals their true nature to each other.

Hearing "Achtung!" amidst Israeli folk dancing is among the unusual juxtapositions in a movie where the characters can only communicate across the divides in English, amidst the three languages they speak among themselves.

While the original music by Ivri Lider is particularly good at emphasizing the underlying emotional content and the diverse cultural environs they find themselves in, the selection of popular music they are listening to adds an additional level of knowing commentary, from the agent's preference for Bruce Springsteen, the avatar of rock 'n' masculinity (particularly the symbolism of him favoring "Tunnel of Love"), to European pop and oldies novelty songs to Israeli folk and popular songs, including the agent's great discomfort at having to translate a poignant romantic song from the Hebrew.

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