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Walk on Water (2005)

Lior Ashkenazi , Knut Berger , Eytan Fox  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Lior Ashkenazi, Knut Berger, Caroline Peters, Gideon Shemer, Carola Regnier
  • Directors: Eytan Fox
  • Writers: Knut Berger, Caroline Peters, Andreas Struck, Gal Uchovsky
  • Producers: Amir Feingold, Amir Harel, David Silber
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Arabic, English, German, Hebrew, Italian, Turkish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2005
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009YVBGO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,501 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Walk on Water" on IMDb

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An unusual psychological spy thriller, Walk on Water follows Israeli agent Eyal (Lior Ashkenazi, from the superb romance Late Marriage) as he tries to learn from a German brother and sister (Knut Berger, Push and Pull, and Caroline Peters, Schone Frauen) whether or not their grandfather, a Nazi commander, is still alive--but his growing friendship with the pair forces him to grapple with his wife's suicide only months before. Walk on Water grapples with racial prejudice and homophobia without once seeming preachy; surprisingly, the spy storyline introduces these issues naturally, as Eyal's hostility towards Arabs and his blithe view of Nazi war criminals are central to his character. Ashkenazi is charismatic and subtle; his bedroom eyes and understated smolder make him something of an Israeli Clive Owen. Don't buy Walk on Water expecting James Bond spectacle, but the excellent performances, intelligent script, and quiet tension will draw you into this thoughtful and emotionally nuanced movie. In English, with a few subtitled scenes in Hebrew and German. --Bret Fetzer

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This enthralling award-winning film by internationally-acclaimed director Eytan Fox explores the motives, strengths, and, ultimately, the humanity of an Israeli assassin sent to rectify a wrong committed five decades earlier. Eyal is a top assassin in the Israeli secret service. He has killed terrorists before, but this time he is sent to eliminate an aging former Nazi war criminal. During his mission, Eyal meets his target's granddaughter and grandson, who inadvertently help him uncover his own troubled history and face his demons, while they discover the ugly truth their family has hidden from them for decades. What began as a straightforward mission, has suddenly escalated in intensity and complexitythrusting three very different people into a thrilling triangle of murder, friendship and fate.

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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tense, Powerful Film October 6, 2005
WALK ON WATER, directed by Eytan Fox, is as good a movie as you're likely to see. It is well directed, acted and photographed and has a great soundtrack including music by Bruce Springsteen, Buffalo Springfield and Gigliola Cinquetti. The linear plot is straight-forward and powerful. Eyal (Lior Ashkenzai), in the Israeli Secret Service, is in the business of killing terrorists. After the death of his wife, however, he gets a new assignment: to track down and take out an aging Nazi war criminal "before God does." The Nazi's gay grandson Axel (Knut Berger) will soon be visiting his sister Pia (Caroline Peters) who has left Berlin to live in a kibbutz in Israel. Eyal poses as an employee of "Horizon Tours Israel" in order to get close to the German brother and sister in an effort to find their grandfather.

Although all the actors give fine performances, the movie ultimately belongs to Ashkenzai with his swarthy good looks and moody blue eyes. It is fascinating to watch him grow from a methodical killer to someone else entirely. (I won't give away the plot here.) The director does not shy away from difficult questions: Why are Palestinians desperate enough to become suicide bombers? Is it always necessary to take vengence in your own hands? Are there circumstances when you should leave an old, sick criminal to heaven? Can you love the children (or grandchildren) of an enemy? Does killing breed more killing? Can straight men and gay men be friends?

The movie is ultimately about hope and forgiveness. The ending that takes place at the Sea of Galilee, which is all about the title of the movie, will take your breath away.
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70 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I don't think I'll ever go to Germany to visit" April 24, 2005
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Director, Eytan Fox should be commended for making such brave, enlightening, and totally compelling film. Walk on Walker covers much intellectual and artistic ground and is easily the best film of the season so far. The film also features such a staggeringly real performance by sexy Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi that viewers will, without difficulty, remember it as the best for a lead actor in quite some time. Walk on Water, although brimming with cerebral ambition is mostly a meditation on vengeance and forgiveness taking on the hardened and tough heart of Israel, where the past and the present inevitably collide in a country that still wrestles with it's demons.

Eyal (Ashkenazi) is a Mossad special agent and assassin with a rough, sarcastic manner. The movie opens with him targeting a suspected Arab terrorist on a ferry in Istanbul. He manages to pull off the hit successfully, but then his supervisor (Gidon Shemer) sends him on an unusual assignment: He is to track down a Nazi war criminal in hiding, while posing as a tour guide to spy on the old man's adult grandchildren. The younger grandchild, Axel (Knut Berger) is in Israel to visit his big sister Pia (Caroline Peters). Pia is an idealistic German émigré who lives on a kibbutz and is in flight from the darker corners of her family history. Innocent, bourgeois, and liberal, Axel and Pia are appalled by the mistakes of their German past.

When Eyal first meets them, he's initially put on edge by their naïve, noninterventionist, and tolerant ways, but as he drives Axel around the historical sites of Israel, he begins to feel a strange affinity for the kindhearted, soft-spoken boy.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lives that Touch and Change November 19, 2005
Eyal is an assassin for the Israeli secret service, and is put on a mission to find an elderly Nazi known for his war crimes that has been in hiding, and suspected of still being alive. After the suicide of his wife, Eyal, a man who has never been able to cry, finds his life changing through the circumstances and people he meets on the mission. The award-winning "Walk on Water" is a tri-lingual film so brilliantly written and cast, that there is not a single scene that is not relevant, and it captures one's attention from start to finish.

Lior Ashkenazi is fantastic as Eyal, and Knut Berger gives a sensitive, terrific performance as Axel, the grandson of the old Nazi. Also good are Caroline Peters as his sister Pia, and Gideon Shemer as Menachem, Eyal's boss. Peters and Berger also had a hand in writing the marvelous script. Directed with perfect pacing by Eytan Fox, one also gets a cinematic tour of Israel, and parts of Berlin, which add to the interest of the film.

"Walk on Water" is a psychological drama, as well as a spy thriller, and touches on many facets of human life. Eyal, the man who "kills everything that comes near him," discovers life within himself, and comes to acceptance of himself and others, through Axel, his opposite in every way. In Hebrew, English, and German with subtitles, this film is worthy of one's time and stands up to many viewings, thanks to its taut, intelligent script and superb acting. Total running time is 103 minutes, and though the box says there is a "Making-of Featurette," my DVD does not include it on the menu.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On my list of favorites... November 3, 2006
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Walk on Water is now on my list of favorite movies. I have watched it several times and have enjoyed it every time. The actors are fantastic. They are totally believable and when you are through watching the movie, you feel as if you have made new friends.

I had not seen Lior Ashkenazi, Knut Berger nor Caroline Peters in any movie before, but because of this movie, I plan to search out and watch other movies of theirs. The director, Eytan Fox, was born in New York, but was 2 when his family immigrated to Israel. I will also have to check out other movies he directed, as he did a wonderful job in this movie.

The last part of this movie was totally unexpected. What happened in Germany and then back in Israel. I don't want to make this review a spoilier, so I won't say just what it was. But I will say this, the movie ended happily, which doesn't happen too often in a movie of this kind.

So anyone who is interested in German-Jewish relations will throughly enjoy this movie. Also anyone who enjoys surprises in a movie, will enjoy this movie. Plus it is a little bit of Israeli James Bond. And if you like a happy-feel good ending, this is the movie for you.

And for those of you who don't speak Hebrew or German, don't worry, most of the movie is in English and what isn't has subtitles.
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Published 2 months ago by N. Becker
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful rendition
This is a good story told well. The macho attitude of the main character is rightly questioned, and while his heterosexuality does not waver, his attitude towards gays shifts from... Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. S. Cox
4.0 out of 5 stars Conflict of peoples
Having spent much time in college studying the relationships of Germans and Jews after WWII, I really enjoyed this movie. Read more
Published 4 months ago by ESM517
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Sea Mud Baths
What a terrific film! I am been trying to find this movie ever since viewing it at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in California a few years ago. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Howard Greer
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure
So little is ever revealed about the price of hatred. Extremely well done movie with wonderful acting. Worth watching again and again.
Published 6 months ago by Arlene K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I don't do reviews, but this is an Excelent movie, o e of those pass by and no one see
Is not special effects, is a small movie
Also, the seller helps, it was quick de... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Samuel David Schestenger
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this one.
Terrific film. Deals effectively with present day Israeli and German viewpoints regarding the Nazis. Deals very sensitively with issues of Homophobia.
Published 8 months ago by Brady62
1.0 out of 5 stars Walk of Water
Not really to my liking. Thought it was going to be better. They could have done a better picture. The actor was ok.
Published 8 months ago by DANI
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Film
Why this did not get more attention is beyond me. A film you can see more than once. I purchased a copy for a friend.
Published 8 months ago by Kenwit
5.0 out of 5 stars Best thriller ever!
Thriller cum revenge: Israel, Berlin, Nazis, gorgeous guy, gays, real love. A must for all who love to cry and laugh
Published 9 months ago by DD
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