IMDb wrote: Walk on Water (2004)
Director: Eytan Fox
Runtime: 103 min
Country: Israel / Sweden
Language: English / German / Hebrew / Italian / Turkish / Arabic
SoundMix: lk on Water (2004) Directed by
Certification: Switzerland:16 (canton of Zurich) / Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) / USA:Unrated / USA:R / UK:15 / Netherlands:12
- Lior Ashkenazi ....... Eyal
- Knut Berger ....... Axel Himmelman
- Caroline Peters ....... Pia Himmelman
- Gideon Shemer ....... Menachem
- Carola Regnier ....... Axel's Mother
- Hanns Zischler ....... Axel's Father
- 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 ....... Kibbuz Manager
- Joshua Simon ....... Kibbuz Singer
- Tom Rahav ....... Kibbuz Singer
Today. Eyal is an agent of the mossad.
His missions usually consists in eliminating known terrorists, which he's really good and efficiant at. But something in his personal life puts a hold on his work 'til a not too risky mission shows up :
The grandson of A known Nazi ranked officer, Axel, comes from Germany to visit his sister Pia who lives in a kibutz in Israel. Since Alex doesn't know his way around, the mossad succeeds in making Eyal pose as a tourist guide for him, in order to discover the whereabouts of the old officer, in order to erase him.
Eventually, Eyal and Alex become friends, and exchange their opinions about life, feelings, history, ....
Everything points to a simple and off the books mission. But is it ?
The first big part of the movie takes place in Israel, where the director depicts a world where the bombings are a common thing which the citizens live with in their everyday life. The story allows the spectator to confront both the natives and the tourists' opinions, which is very interesting. It's also a very good insight of everyday's life in israel, should it be the kibutz living people, the towns people, jews and arabs, and their modern or not so modern views on politics, manners, lifestyles, or sex habits.
As the story evolves, it leads to the dealing with the concequences of world war two on both the Israely and German new generations and townspeople. The generations that never knew the war and are a bit angry or ashamed of what happened. The plot really deals beautifully with both cultures and settings and sees the characters deal with their personal traumas.
The story is really Gripping and interesting, as much as really moving.
it hasn't got any hollywood action but the events are so full of spirit, of feelings, energy, laughing of moving situations that it doesn't lack any.
The scenaristic structure is flawless and really visits every aspect of the subjects. tThe characters are really well depicted, with their contradiction, their opinions and past, their humanity.
A movie I recommand to everyone, interested by the subject or not, since it's a really entertaing flick, as much as a really sucessfull atempt to deal with what bothers the new generations.
I give it a full 6/6.
Sadly i didn't see much movies as good as this one in the last past year, and i for sure know it's gonna be in my 2005 top ten movie list