Monday, November 21, 2005

Day 12: “Walk on Water”

Director: Eytan Fox 2004
A Mossad agent goes undercover to befriend a German brother and sister as a way to discover if their war-criminal grandfather is returning to Germany after decades in South America. While there is a thriller element to the story (will the agent eliminate the old man if he dares return?), it is downplayed, and the emphasis is on the characters, particularly the Israeli and the brother. The Israeli learns about modern Germany and Germans, and the German learns about Israel; the macho Mossad agent learns from the gay man, and vice versa. Shot in Israel and Germany, this is a compelling movie with complex characters. And the story never quite goes where you expect.


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