Walk On Water

on March 04, 2005 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
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A prototypical tough Israeli intelligence agent (Lior Ashkenazi) is assigned to hunt down an aging Nazi war criminal, a mission that brings him into contact with the man's liberal grandchildren--a gay Berlin teacher (Knut Berger) and his sister (Carolina Peters), who lives on an Israeli Kibbutz. The most ambitious film yet from gifted Israeli director Eytan Fox ("Yossi & Jagger"), "Walk on Water" attempts--and mostly succeeds--at capturing the complex historical threads connecting Germans and Jews today and how the prejudices and perceptions each has of the other affects the different generations. While the film's Nazi subplot is something of an awkward fit into the whole, "Walk on Water" is a highly accomplished drama that also allows room for some humor, poking fun at both the macho Israeli archetype and the German penchant for propriety. Superbly acted, and blessed with subtle and deep characterizations, "Walk on Water" is one of the finest Israeli films of recent years. Starring Lior Ashkenazi, Knut Berger and Carolina Peters. Directed by Eytan Fox. Written by Gal Uchovsky. Produced by Amir Harel and Gal Uchovsky. Drama. A Goldwyn release. English-, Hebrew-, German- and Arabic-language; subtitled. Unrated. Running time: 104 min
Tags: Lior Ashkenazi, Knut Berger and Carolina Peters. Directed by Eytan Fox. Written by Gal Uchovsky. Produced by Amir Harel and Gal Uchovsky. Drama. A Goldwyn release, Israeli, Nazi, war, historical, humor
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