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Walk on Water Movie: Lior Ashkenazi Excellent in ‘Gay’ Mossad Thriller

Walk on Water movie with Mossad agent Lior Ashkenazi and visiting German Knut Berger.

Walk on Water movie: Lior Ashkenazi excellent as guilt-ridden Mossad agent

A more ambitious and more proficient effort by Yossi and Jagger director Eytan Fox, Walk on Water is a dramatically flawed but gripping tale of revenge, guilt, and, as to be expected, redemption.

“Revenge is sweet,” we’ve been always told. Director Fox and screenwriter Gal Uchovsky tell us instead: “Revenge is not only bitter but also destructive for all involved.”

In Walk on Water, recently widowed, macho Mossad agent Eyal (Lior Ashkenazi) – his wife has committed suicide – pretends to be a tour guide to liberal-minded, gay German tourist Axel (Knut Berger) in order to find the whereabouts of the young man’s Nazi war criminal grandfather. While they roam Israel on their way to meet Axel’s equally liberal-minded sister Pia (Caroline Peters), an unexpected friendship develops between the two disparate men.

Commercial concerns hamper narrative

Problems in Gal Uchovsky’s screenplay, including an unconvincing, neatly tied-up happy ending, and the overuse of pop tunes in the film’s soundtrack are to a large extent smoothed over by the three leads’ solid performances – Lior Ashkenazi’s emotionally distraught Mossad hitman is particularly moving. Another plus is Eytan Fox’s intelligent use of settings and color to convey the characters’ moods.

Ultimately, Walk on Water succeeds despite its much too well-intentioned self.

Top-grossing Israeli movie in the U.S.

Addendum: Walk on Water has become the highest-grossing Israeli movie at the U.S. box office.

It was nominated for nine Israeli Film Academy (Ophir) Awards – including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Lior Ashkenazi), and Best Screenplay – winning three in the music categories.

Walk on Water (2004)

Dir.: Eytan Fox.

Scr.: Gal Uchovsky.

Cast: Lior Ashkenazi. Knut Berger. Caroline Peters. Gideon Shemer. Carola Regnier. Hanns Zischler. Yousef ‘Joe’ Sweid.

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Image of Knut Berger and Lior Ashkenazi in Walk on Water movie: Roadside Attractions.

Movie cast info via the IMDb.

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