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      Walking on Water

      2002 1 hr. 30 min. Drama List
      83% 6 Reviews Tomatometer 65% 500+ Ratings Audience Score Terminal AIDS patient Gavin (David Bonney) requests that his best friend, Charlie (Vince Colosimo), and business partner, Anna (Maria Theodorakis), euthanize him, an act that is more difficult than any of them realize. Following Gavin's death, Charlie's nagging guilt causes his relationship with longtime boyfriend Frank (Nicholas Bishop) to suffer. Meanwhile, Anna's officious, take-charge attitude while winding up Gavin's affairs rankles his grieving mother (Judi Farr). Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member A little too earnest, without a satisfying conclusion. More of a character piece than an actual film with plot. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Subtle & Restrained... Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Good story telling, along with the above-average act delivered by the actors and actresses. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member A genuinely moving and wisely unsentimental drama. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Confronting and touching. Two friends – Charlie and Anna – have nursed their dying friend Gavin over the last 18 months. Gavin’s wish is to be euthanised, but a bungle leads to Charlie finishing the job in front of a shocked audience of family and friends. In the aftermath of Gavin’s death, the two friends fall apart and pull themselves back together slowly through a series of difficult encounters – arguments, drugs, affairs, parties – a way to numb the guilt and pain and hurt and loss without facing it or each other. This is not a comfortable film to watch, from the rasping rattle of Gavin’s last moments (the scene where they wait for him to die is terribly effective - as long and agonising for the audience as his loved ones) to Charlie’s disintegrating relationship with his careless lover to Anna’s affair with Gavin’s married younger brother; amoral lives, but they are still recognisably human and lost in the grief. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Talk about boring. The film tried to show how realistic and sad things are after the death of a friend, but forgot to make us care about any of the people involved first. The result? We watch a bunch of moping idiots go to gay raves. The end. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Aug 14, 2005 Full Review Bill Chambers Film Freak Central A gripping and mildly devastating viewing experience Rated: 3/4 Aug 22, 2003 Full Review Liz Braun Jam! Movies A beautifully written drama that crackles with dark humour. Rated: 3.5/5 Aug 15, 2003 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A genuinely moving and wisely unsentimental drama. Rated: B+ May 25, 2003 Full Review Erin Free FILMINK (Australia) This is the kind of subject matter that could so easily have been fumbled by a lesser filmmaker, but Ayres makes the right choices at every turn. Oct 1, 2002 Full Review Urban Cinefile Critics Urban Cinefile Engaging by its economical focus and almost tangible reality, Walking on Water is an absorbing essay about the human condition. Sep 23, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Terminal AIDS patient Gavin (David Bonney) requests that his best friend, Charlie (Vince Colosimo), and business partner, Anna (Maria Theodorakis), euthanize him, an act that is more difficult than any of them realize. Following Gavin's death, Charlie's nagging guilt causes his relationship with longtime boyfriend Frank (Nicholas Bishop) to suffer. Meanwhile, Anna's officious, take-charge attitude while winding up Gavin's affairs rankles his grieving mother (Judi Farr).
      Director
      Tony Ayres
      Executive Producer
      Bridget Ikin
      Screenwriter
      Roger Monk
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English