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:: Walking On Water

Charlie, Anna and Gavin are best friends. They live together, party together and know all there is to know about each other- together through thick and thin. But when Gavin (Bonney) loses his fight with a terminal disease, the foundations of friendship begin to crumble. Assisting a loved one to die can be a traumatic experience for all involved and as Charlie (Colosimo) and Anna (Theodorakis) discover, its repercussions have the potential to change everything forever.

Unsentimental in its approach to death, Walking On Water doesn't go out of its way to tug at the heartstrings. Melodrama makes way for a lighter mode of storytelling in this coming-of-age tale where the characters are forced to face facts about their associations with those around them. Tensions rise
between parties, behaviours become erratic and the consequences of actions, initially shut from the mind, make themselves increasingly apparent. Refreshingly comical at times, the trials and tribulations encountered by Charlie and Anna after Gavin's passing are real; their ways of coping even realer.

Highlighted by Charlie's blunt, abrasive remarks and Anna's horny escapades, Walking On Water addresses its themes with compassion and sympathy, showing to all the irrational skew grief can create within our lives. It allows its characters to hit rock bottom; watches them fumble about with their emotions and assists them in grasping the only straw capable of easing their inner turmoil.

With breathtaking performances all round, the film also provides well-deserved screen time for some of Australia's lesser-known actors who unfalteringly rise to the challenge. This truth induced film about loss and loyalty, love and letting go is yet another example of Australian cinema at its best.

Screening at Cinema Nove and the Kino Cinemas