Watermarks

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  • Summary: Watermarks is the story of the champion women swimmers of the legendary Jewish sports club, Hakoah Vienna. Hakoah ("The Strength" in Hebrew) was founded in 1909 in response to the notorious Aryan Paragraph, which forbade Austrian sports clubs from accepting Jewish athletes. Told by theWatermarks is the story of the champion women swimmers of the legendary Jewish sports club, Hakoah Vienna. Hakoah ("The Strength" in Hebrew) was founded in 1909 in response to the notorious Aryan Paragraph, which forbade Austrian sports clubs from accepting Jewish athletes. Told by the swimmers, now in their eighties, Watermarks is about a group of young girls with a passion to be the best. It is the saga of seven outstanding athletes who still swim daily as they age with grace. (Kino International) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 88
    In the absolutely moving new documentary Watermarks, seven women in their 80s return to the Vienna swimming pool of their youth.
  2. A moving documentary that approaches the Holocaust from a fresh, intimate perspective.
  3. The excellent film combines a wealth of archival material with the reminiscences of an unforgettable group of octogenarian women who were champion swimmers when Hitler annexed Austria in 1938.
  4. 70
    Each woman is a terrific interview, and if the climactic vision of these still beautiful ladies gliding through the water doesn't bring a lump to your throat, you surely have no heart.
  5. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    70
    Snappy, affecting documentary.
  6. 70
    Though Zilberman's affection for the women leads to some indulgent digression, the doc's low-key tone (and lack of the stock, timpani-backed Nazi iconography) throws certain anecdotes into powerful relief.
  7. 50
    Well-intentioned and exceedingly nice, Watermarks aspires to warm the soul, but succeeds only in numbing the mind.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. JackW.
    Jan 14, 2006
    10
    Riveting. Finally, a "real" movie from those times, that brinkgs us back in time and then forward to the real people, as they are today, Riveting. Finally, a "real" movie from those times, that brinkgs us back in time and then forward to the real people, as they are today, interacting together once again. Brilliant. Expand
  2. KathrynD.
    Jun 25, 2006
    10
    Remarkable! Moving and educational. One of the best documentaries I have ever seen. I will never forget viewing this. This is one of those Remarkable! Moving and educational. One of the best documentaries I have ever seen. I will never forget viewing this. This is one of those rare things that the world would be a better place for seeing. Expand

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