Believe me when I tell you that the Israeli film, Walk on Water, has all the ingredients for a film that I should absolutely hate: a guilt-ridden Mossad agent, “good Germans” and, well, I don’t want to spoil the story and give away too much but this picture has several other liberal cultural reference points that would normally send me screaming from the movie theatre.
But Walk on Water manages to transcend all the obvious cliche’s and builds a subtle and powerful story. Sadly, most Israeli films are at best amateur, technically they are fifth rate, and politically, well, they would play well on Al Jazeera. Walk on Water has a sophisticated scipt, is technically as good as it gets, and the acting is first rate. I do not hesitate to recommend this movie.
The second film to get my nod is the fine documentary Paper Clips. It tells an incredible and deeply moving story that takes places in Whitwell, a tiny Tennessee town. Whitwell High School embarks on a Holocaust studies program, and it mushrooms into, well, into a life and soul changing experience for the whole town of 1,600 Christians. Only in America could this righteous enterprise come to fruition.
Several Seraphic Secret readers have written and asked if Karen and I have seen Ushpizin yet. No, but we plan to, so stay tuned.