Walk on Water

Walk on Water

Downloadable Video - 2003
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While on assignment in Berlin, a homophobic Israeli intelligence agent with a license to kill is tasked with offing a Naziwar criminal. However, he has a crisis of consciousness after he befriends a target's gay grandson.
Publisher: [United States]: Samuel Goldwyn Films, LLC , 2003.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 104 min.)) :,sd., col.
digital, rda
video file, rda

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Nursebob
Feb 06, 2015

Eyal is a Mossad agent specializing in assassinating threats to Israeli security. Taciturn and cynical, he suffers from an emotional disconnectedness with the people around him. Even his wife’s recent suicide has failed to pierce his hard shell and a strange medical condition renders him incapable of shedding tears. Having dealt mainly with P.L.O. terrorists he is somewhat taken aback when his supervisor sets his sights on a new target; Alfred Himmelman, a decrepit Nazi war criminal who has recently disappeared from his private hospital room in Argentina. Believing the man’s wealthy son has spirited the feeble octogenarian back to Berlin, he orders Eyal to find him despite the young agent’s misgivings as to the value of hunting down someone who is half dead already. “I want to get him before God does...” is the boss’ only reply. Luckily Pia, the old man’s granddaughter, lives in a nearby kibbutz and is looking for someone to act as a guide for her visiting brother, a soft-spoken and openly gay Axel. Presenting himself as a tour operator, Eyal befriends the two siblings hoping to gather clues regarding the whereabouts of their grandfather. Eventually his investigation leads him to the family’s estate in Berlin where he finally confronts Alfred, now a withered husk connected to oxygen and an intravenous drip. What follows is an intense crises of moral and spiritual proportions for Eyal compounded by an unexpected intervention from Axel. Eytan Fox has crafted an insightful character study of one man’s search for salvation. Eyal spent years following orders, hardening his resolve and silencing any feelings of remorse. But when he comes up against Axel, a “patronizing German peacenik” he slowly begins to question the motives behind some of his vindictiveness. Fox juxtaposes gorgeous seaside vistas with grimy urban reality to lend greater depth to the film’s central metaphor; “Only by purifying the heart from inside, with no negativity, no bad thoughts, can you walk on water...” states Axel at one point. Unfortunately Fox stumbles towards the end with a conclusion that is too predictable and too tidy. Furthermore some plot developments seem like overkill; the wife’s portentous suicide note, Eyal and Axel’s “odd couple” relationship, and Axel’s dalliance with a Palestinian boyfriend. Luckily the film’s momentum manages to smooth over most of the rough spots and finishes with a lovely little flourish.

jmmason Jun 14, 2013

This is a movie made by an outsider, Eytan Fox (an American working in Israel), about an exiled Jew born in Germany now working in Israel, who must befriend a German man who turns out to be gay. Their relationship is the heart of this story.

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bstudent
Jun 04, 2012

drama - very good depiction of hostilities which still exist between the surviving peoples of WWII and their following generations who appear to have more of a love for life and what the future holds than unfinished bitterness for the past.
In reality I'm not too sure any could be left but I suppose they couldn't have gotten them all and where would you draw the line on interested parties and order followers I don'[t know or even if you would care to break it down to that level?

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jimg2000
Feb 28, 2011

Finally a movie with a happy ending about peoples from Germany and Israel. Wish there were more scenic shots of modern Tel Aviv and tourist sites.

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