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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)
4 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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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 »


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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

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 Thanatos, Drunk (2015) See more »

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Your soul
Written and performed by Ivri Lider
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A very good and courageous movie,
11 April 2007 | by Galina_movie_fanSee all my reviews

"Walk on Water" is courageous film, confidently directed by Eytan Fox based on the screenplay written by his partner Gal Uchovsky and well acted. Its subject is a Mossad's agent whose new mission is to hunt the former Nazi criminal who lives nowadays somewhere in South America. In order to trace him, Eyal (Lior Ashkenazi) takes a job as a tourist guide for the grandson of war criminal - sociable, open, friendly young German, Axel. Axel arrives to Israel to visit his sister Pia who chose to live in Israel and work in a kibbutz and to talk her into reconciling with their parents. Eyal drives Alex in his SUV, shows him the country. They sit on the coast of Dead Sea, both smeared by celebrated therapeutic mud from neck to toes. In another scene, Alex tries to walk on the water of Kinarteth (the Sea of Galilee); three of them visit the gay- bar in Tel Aviv - Alex does not hide his sexual orientation.

The characters are interesting and compelling. The story is engaging and I feel connected to the movie the way very few movies make me. I recognize the places I've been to and I've come to love and to dream of seeing them again and again. The film starts in Istanbul, Turkey on the boat over the Bosphor and the guide talks about the bridge between Europe and Asia. I've been on the boat like that and I saw the bridge. Then the action takes place in Israel and I was happy to recognize Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, The Sea of Galilee (Kinereth), The Dead Sea where one just floats without swimming, the desert.

The plot moves from Israel to Berlin where Eyal is visiting with his new friend's family. Alex's and Pia's father celebrates his anniversary and for the first time, a helpless dying old man arrives to Berlin, the Nazi criminal, Axel's and Pia's grandfather, Eyal's target. The film explores the moral dead ends of the modern society full of hostility and old unpaid debts. Eyal remembers the history of his country and its people, he knows not from the books about Holocaust. He is a soldier and must be merciless but he has to learn something about understanding from his young German friend. Film attracts by the non-standard approach to the familiar themes of religious prejudices, homophobia, neo-fascism, newest terror and other sources of the hatred, which destroys the world. It would not surprise me to find out that the film has many detractors in Germany, Palestine, and in Israel. The final is a little too neat and belongs to the modern fairy tale genre. I see it as the director's dream that he wanted to come true - the people with different backgrounds, mentalities, history, and preferences would understand one another and would come toward one another with the open hearts and clean thoughts. Dreams, dreams...


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Official Sites:

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Country:

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Release Date:

29 April 2005 (USA) See more »

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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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