An AIDS movie in which the victim dies 15 minutes in, “Walking on Water” treads a wobbly course between right-on sincerity, apparent black comedy and acres of mutual grieving as it charts the effects of one man’s death on his nearest and dearest. Low-budget item seems likely to turn a few specialized dollars Down Under, partly on the strength of local actor Vince Colosimo’s name; offshore, the usual festivals would seem to beckon, though pic’s gay element is very small and sex scenes all heterosexual.
After Anna (Maria Theodorakis) and Charlie (Colosimo) help best friend Gavin (David Bonney) die in his own bed, tensions mount between them and Gavin’s family over niceties like the funeral preparations, which the high-strung Anna insists on handling. Charlie finds little solace from his current lover, Frank (Nicholas Bishop), and Anna ends up shagging the equally tightly wound Simon (Nathaniel Dean), Gavin’s younger brother. Of the thesps, Theodorakis emerges with the most rounded character in a tiresome group whose emoting and hugging are simply self-absorption masquerading as “caring.” Macau-born Aussie Tony Ayres directs with no particular look or style, and tech credits are basic.