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Movie Review: Walk on Water

Alternate Title: Change of Heart

Story: I don't know what took me so long to go see this entertaining, though at times implausible, Israeli import. It is part spy thriller and part road buddy flick.

A high ranking member of the Mossad (for those not of the tribe that's Israel's version of the CIA and KGB) has been assigned to what seems like a boring task as an Israeli tour guide for a young German visitor whose grandfather is still on the Nazi hit list and whose sister lives on a kibbutz. His assignment is to get info on the grandfather, track him down and ultimately kill him.

In a deftly handled manner, New York born Israeli director Eytan Fox manages to cover the serious issues of the day such as the Israeli Palestinian conflict, the German Israeli connection, homophobia and global terrorism. I know these all sound like heavy topics but the film is often funny, very tender and other than some improbable plot twists very satisfying indeed.

The location shots were terrific. It was a travelogue to Turkey, Berlin and many parts of Israel including the Dead Sea, the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem and the Sea of Galilee.

Acting: Hats off to very nice to look at Lior Ashkenazi (think a Jewish Clive Owens) as our Mossad agent. and Knut Berger as the German tourist.

Predilection: None.

Food: Some brat wurst type stuff in Berlin and fish on the kibbutz.

Blatant Product Placement: Mercedes Benz and Heineken

Soundtrack: Like the international sets the music has a similar worldly charm from Springsteen to Israeli folk songs.

Theater Audience: Pretty crowded seeing as how this has been open for quite a while.

Sappy Factor: The sappy ending gives this a 4.

Drift Factor: I did not drift at all. I was entertained from start to finish.

Predictability Level: High

Oscar Worthy: No

Nit Picking: No nits to pick

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would work fine too.

Length: Under two hours.