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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.

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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the tour company which Eyal fronts for is Horizon Tours. See more »

Goofs

When Eyal arrives Berlin, we see a Lufthansa airplane landing at the airport. However, Lufthansa never flew from Tel Aviv to Berlin, only to Frankfurt. 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 »

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Referenced in Trust the Man (2005) See more »

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For What It's Worth
Written by Stephen Stills
Arranged by Sergio Mendes and Shantel
Performed by Shantel and Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66
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Thoroughly Engrossing
14 May 2006 | by anthony_norrisSee all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this film. It was entertaining, educational, and thought provoking... enough so for me to register with IMDb and write about it here.

This film takes on a multitude of social issues, some of them very superficially. However, because it has a solid plot, excellent character development, and top-notch acting, I found myself engrossed in the film.

The only downside of the film is that it asks many many questions, but only really examines one or two of them. It might have been better to not confuse the theme of the film by introducing so many issues. But, for whatever reason, it works.

This film touches on Israeli-German relations, Israeli-Arab relations, homosexual relationships, heterosexual relationships, marriage and family life, terrorism-counterterrorism, and generational conflict. Of these, it really examines Israeli-German relations and homosexual relationships in most detail and leaves a lot of open questions on the other issues.

If you're thinking at this point that the film sounds like it might be a bit too heavy, think again. It does a good job of providing you with an entertaining experience while masterfully weaving in each of these issues. I would highly recommend it.


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