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)

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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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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

In close up shots of Eyal and the people in the dance class there are children dancing in the background. However, in the wide shots, there are only adults. 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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Connections

Referenced in Thanatos, Drunk (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Non ho l'eta
Written by Giancarlo Colonnello (as G. Colonnello), Mario Panzeri (as M. Panzeri) and Nicola Salerno (as N. Salerno)
Performed by Gigliola Cinquetti
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Highly recommended
28 March 2005 | by schmo-2See all my reviews

I don't know why other reviewers characterize the Eyal character as "racist" (just because he calls suicide bombers "animals" which is too good an epithet) or "homophobic" (just because he is asking about some technical details about gay relations). In my humble opinion, the movie is a fair description of Israeli realities, and German (or European) softness for terrorists. Being familiar with both Israeli and German realities I found was fascinated by the director's insights and by the fine acting of the three principals as well as the supporting actors. The music by Esther and Abi Ofarim and the nice mixture of German, Englicsh and Hebrew made the movie most enjoyable.


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Official Sites:

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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

Gross USA:

$2,713,932

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,444,265
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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