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Walking on Water (2002)

After the death of a friend, a household of long time friends and family are tossed into the myopic world of grief, where jealousy, betrayal and desire override more polite reactions to death.

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Tony Ayres

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Roger Monk
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Colosimo ... Charlie
Maria Theodorakis Maria Theodorakis ... Anna
Nathaniel Dean ... Simon
Judi Farr Judi Farr ... Margaret
Nic Bishop ... Frank (as Nicholas Bishop)
David Bonney David Bonney ... Gavin
Daniel Roberts Daniel Roberts ... Carl
Anna Lise Phillips ... Kate
Maureen Green Maureen Green ... Robyn
Timothy Jones Timothy Jones ... Dr. Simms
Antonietta Morgillo Antonietta Morgillo ... Florist
Mark Baker Mark Baker ... Joey
Jillian O'Dowd ... Crying Girl
Lachlan Chapman Lachlan Chapman ... Dr. Simms' Boyfriend
Lucinda Armour Lucinda Armour ... Jacinta
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After the death of a friend, a household of long time friends and family are tossed into the myopic world of grief, where jealousy, betrayal and desire override more polite reactions to death.

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Country:

Australia

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English

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26 September 2002 (Australia) See more »

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A halál arca See more »

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Porchlight Films See more »
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Dealing with grief and loss
16 July 2002 | by jvframeSee all my reviews

Walking On Water is about the way people deal with grief. It's also about death with dignity, in that attempting to provide just that for a friend is what causes most grief for the main characters.

When Gavin has lived as long as he can in relative dignity with HIV/AIDS, his live-in friends call for his family to come from South Australia to be at his bedside in Sydney.

A traumatic, rather than peaceful death adds to the stress of the surviving friends and family as they try to sort out their lives after enduring 18 months of increasingly intense pressure.

Charles and Anna are long time friends of Gavin. Charles has been working as full-time carer and fellow housemate Anna was also Gavin's business partner.

Judi Farr is rock solid and very impressive as the loving mum who lost her son to far off Sydney many years earlier. She has as much need to grieve as the others but is being distanced by Anna.

Charles struggles to maintain his sense of purpose and his relationship with boyfriend Frank, while Anna takes full advantage of opportunities to feel wanted.

It's an intense and beautiful film with a superb soundtrack and real life characters. There is ample dark humour to add relief and overall it is definitely more food for thought than depressing, as we follow the characters' search for resolution.

We will all have to learn to deal with grief. Hopefully we can take up the offer made at the start of the film: `Does anyone need counseling?'


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