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Walk On Water Review

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After his wife's death, Mossad agent Eyal is given an 'easy' surveillance job, posing as the tour guide of a Nazi war criminal's grandchildren. His grief and developing relationship with them will have repercussions on what his job forces him to do.

★★★★

After the suicide of his wife, conservative Mossad agent Eyal (Ashkenazi) is put on “light duties” — confirming the existence of a Nazi in hiding who may be about to surface. The way in is the grandchildren, and posing as a tour guide for grandson Axel (Berger) as he visits granddaughter Pia (Peters), Eyal gradually warms to the new generation of Germans — even when he belatedly realises that Axel is openly gay.

The uniformly excellent performances feel real and familiar, while the handheld camerawork only occasionally becomes intrusive. There’s also a slightly clunky fight sequence, but it’s brief and easily forgiven. The potentially cliché-ridden themes of revenge and redemption feel justified, and whether you find the coda appropriately optimistic or just plain convenient will be a matter of taste...

Despite the possibly over-optimistic ending, this is moving, interesting and compelling viewing with superb performances.