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Walking on Water (2002)

  Starring: Nicholas Bishop, Vince Colosimo, Nathaniel Dean, Judi Farr, Anna Lise Phillips, Maria Theodorakis
Links: Walking on Water on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD
Genre: Drama
Awards: AFI Awards: Best Film 2002 (nominee)

This movie gets: 9.00 (1 rating)
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"Refreshingly raw" - a review by pearly

Walking on Water is essentially about the grieving process - how different people cope with the loss of someone close to them. Best friends Charlie and Anna (Vince Colosimo and Maria Theodorakis respectively) have been by terminally ill Gavin throughout his illness. On the other hand, Gavin's family have been many miles away, and have barely been in contact with him. So, in and after Gavin's last few hours, the two groups get together to farewell Gavin.

This film feels incredibly real. From the flashbacks that plague Charlie, to the beginnings of substance abuse, to the inappropriate actions that Anna and Gavin's brother Frank (Nicholas Bishop) engage in, everything that goes on after Gavin's death is to do with grieving, and reacting to the loss. Each person in the group experiences something different, and these feelings don't always match up. This leads to conflict while people struggle to understand each other.

In amongst everything, there is the thread of life going on. A relationship breaks up, and there are every-day things to deal with, and there is humour. One of the best things about this film is its subtlety. It's about ideas, but it doesn't shove things down your throat. It brings up questions about euthanasia, but these questions are left hanging, with no judgement given; just a snapshot of how these characters have chosen to deal with the issues, and time for you to make up your own mind about things. This is true not just of the big issues, but of the smaller ones also (for example, should a person have time and space for another person, even though they themselves are grieving?).

Without wanting to sound clichéd, this is a complex drama. It takes you on a journey, and makes you questions things. It explores humanity and the appropriateness of people's actions during hard times. And I really enjoyed the journey.

pearly gives this movie 9 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 24 Sep 2002

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Reader comments

  1. vince collosso is the gayest guy in the woirld

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from matt on Wed 14 Jul 2004 15:02 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 10.00 (1 rating)

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