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Walk on Water (2004)

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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.

Director:

Eytan Fox

Writer:

Gal Uchovsky (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lior Ashkenazi ... Eyal
Knut Berger Knut Berger ... Axel Himmelman
Caroline Peters Caroline Peters ... Pia Himmelman
Gideon Shemer ... Menachem (as Gidon Shemer)
Carola Regnier Carola Regnier ... Axel's Mother
Hanns Zischler ... Axel's Father
Ernest Lenart 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 Hugo Yarden ... Kibbuz Director
Joshua Simon Joshua Simon ... Kibbuz Singer
Tom Rahav 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)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Spain]

Country:

Israel | Sweden

Language:

English | German | Hebrew | Italian | Turkish | Arabic

Release Date:

29 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A vízenjáró See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,465, 6 March 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,712,736, 4 September 2005
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

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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Crazy Credits

In memory of my mother Sarah Kaminker A fighter for human rights and peace See more »

Connections

Referenced in Trust the Man (2005) See more »

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For What It's Worth
Written by Stephen Stills
Performed by Buffalo Springfield
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10 September 2004 | by lara_jensenSee all my reviews

Conflict is the theme of this movie: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the acceptance of gay men by heterosexual men and young Germans with their country's history. The storyline, set in modern-day Turkey, Israel and Germany, is intriguing though I found the final scene unnecessary until the producer explained that it was added to give Israeli audiences a sense of hope for the future.

The representation of German culture was quite accurate: young Germans cannot identify with their grandparents' experiences during the second world war.

What started out as a very promising film became a bit too stereotyped in the end: while there has be a rise in neo-Naziism in Germany, attacks in the subway are rare (especially in cosmopolitan cities like Berlin); having a German grandfather who lived in exile in Argentina is also fairly atypical - more realistic would have been a grandfather who could not understand/identify with the youth or who completely agreed with the youth and struggled with his own past.

The use of language throughout the film is very realistic and the English text is direct and simplistic. The characters can be forgiven for their language abilities since English is their second language. However, the simplicity and moralistic tone are a bit patronizing for an English-speaking audience.

Walk on Water is an entertaining movie that will encourage you to consider conflicts from a variety of viewpoints.


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