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''Walk on Water'' (ללכת על המים, ''Lalekhet Al [=HaMayim=]'') is a 2004 [[UsefulNotes/{{Israel}} Israeli]] film. It is directed by New York-born Israeli director Eytan Fox and stars Lior Ashkenazi, Knut Berger, and Caroline Peters. The screenplay was written by Gal Uchovsky. Most of the dialogue takes place in English, although there is much in Hebrew and German.

Eyal is a UsefulNotes/{{Mossad}} hitman who targets enemies of Israel. His wife has recently committed suicide, and his chief Menachem decides that he needs to take on a less challenging assignment: to find Alfred Himmelman, an aging Nazi war criminal, and get him "before God does". In order to track down the old man, Eyal poses as a tour guide and befriends Himmelman's adult grandchildren, Axel and Pia.

!!Trope on Water:

* AllGaysArePromiscuous: Discussed in the scene in the German gay bar.
%%* TheAce: Eyal.
* TheAtoner: Eyal, by the end of the film.
%%* AntiHero: Eyal, type III.
* ArabIsraeliConflict: Takes place during the height of the Second Intifada in Israel, when suicide bombings were an almost daily occurrence.
* ArgentinaIsNaziland: Himmelman took refuge in Argentina after the war.
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler: Eyal and Pia are shown to be happily married with a child two years after the events of the film.]]
* BadassIsraeli: Eyal is a realistic version of the trope.
%%* BatmanColdOpen
* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler: It is ultimately Axel who carries out the killing of his grandfather on his own initiative, after Eyal spares the aged, sickly man's life]].
* BlackSpeech: In Eyal's family of German Holocaust survivors, German became this.
* BruiserWithASoftCenter: Eyal becomes one following CharacterDevelopment.
%%* CombatPragmatist: Eyal.
%%* CulturalRebel: The Himmelman siblings.
%%* CunningLinguist: Eyal.
%%* DaChief: Menachem.
* DistantFinale: Two years later, [[spoiler: [[ShiksaGoddess Eyal and Pia are married]] [[BabiesEverAfter with a child]] named Tom]].
%%* DrivenToSuicide: Iris (Eyal's wife).
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Before her fight with their parents, Pia was clearly the responsible one to Axel's foolish, at least in their parents eyes. After Pia fights with her parents, finds herself an Israeli boyfriend and goes to live in a Kibbutz in Israel - she is demoted.
* FollowInMyFootsteps: Axel's father wants his son to join the FamilyBusiness, but Axel is happier working as an educator, and it doesn't help that his father has been unaccepting of his son's sexuality.
* GayBarReveal: While it isn't likely that Eyal would have stuck around in any dance bar, when he realizes that he is in a gay bar he seems downright startled and pretty muhc runs away. And that's a man who can kill with his bare hands.
* GayAesop: Not the actual work, but more in-universe, showing the process that Eyal goes through learning to accept homosexuls.
* HeCleansUpNicely: Seeing Axel in a suit [[HoYay has this effect on Eyal]]. Earlier in the film he reacts this way to Pia dressing up, as well.
%%* HeartbrokenBadass: Eyal.
* HidingBehindTheLanguageBarrier: Eyal uses Hebrew to do this several times around Axel, and relates an anecdote about his old schoolmates who, on a student exchange to Germany, played a dark "game" by approaching random passers-by who were old enough to have been adults during WorldWarII, and asking them in Hebrew, "What were you doing when my family was being burnt?".
* HiddenDepths: Eyal, who seems to be almost unfeeling, but revealed to be a BruiserWithASoftCenter with a FruedianExcuse.
** Axel seems to be just a WideEyedIdealist, but he has surprising amounts of rage in him. [[spoiler: which eventually leads him to kill his own grandfather.]]
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: What Iris probably thought of Eyal's profession before she committed suicide.
* InnocentBystander: The drag queens in the UsefulNotes/{{Berlin}} underground.
* ManlyTears: [[spoiler: Even though he can't cry, Eyal breaks down in remorse in Axel's arms at the end]].
* MatzoFever: Pia has a thing for tough, Israeli men.
%%* NaziGrandpa: Alfred Himmelman.
* NaziHunter: Eyal is initially reluctant and prefers to let the old nazi die but Menachem insists on punishing him before God does.
%%* NoSenseOfHumor: Eyal.
* PoisonedWeapons: Eyal can kill a man in a matter of seconds with his syringe.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Eyal's inability to cry [[spoiler: which mysteriously goes away when he can't kill an old man.]]
* SaveTheVillain: [[spoiler: Eyal eventually finds himself unable to kill Alfred Himmelman]]. However, [[spoiler: Axel shows up and turns off his grandfather's oxygen tank]].
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Axel and Eyal, respectively. The contrast is portrayed as a cultural difference, in particular during the scene at the Dead Sea.
--> '''Axel:''' "Is it true Israeli men don't like to talk about their feelings?"
--> '''Eyal:''' "I don't know. [[SelfDemonstratingArticle To be honest, I don't like to talk about it]]."
%%* StepfordSmiler: The mother of Axel and Pia.
%%* StraightGay: Axel Himmelman.
* SwitchToEnglish: Pia speaks some Hebrew, but her brother doesn't speak a word of it, and despite the fact that Eyal speaks perfect German, he hides this in order to spy on the Himmelmans and so for most of the film, the trio switch to English to communicate.
* TitleDrop: When Eyal and Axel arrive at the Sea of Galilea, Axel tries to walk on a partially immersed deadwood branch. He trips in the water.
-->'''Eyal:''' Hey Jesus, they lied to you! It's impossible to walk on water!
* TwoferTokenMinority: Two ethnic minority LGBTQ persons appear in the film - first Rafik, a gay Palestinian who hooks up with Axel at a bar, and later a black drag queen in Berlin.
* UnableToCry: Eyal, due to medical reasons. He has to apply eye drops regularly.
* WideEyedIdealist: Axel spends much of the film as the idealist to Eyal's [[TheCynic cynic]], but exposure to the harsh realities of life in conflict-ridden Israel does have an effect on him, and the knowledge of his family's DarkSecret and the presence of his grandfather in his house drive him to [[spoiler: kill the old man]].
* WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame: The movies features two gay bars - one in Tel Aviv and one in Berlin.