Critic Review - Detroit News

A wholly original and emotionally devastating animated documentary confessional.

February 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (2)
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Mark BM

Mark BM

A film that aims to explore the emotioanl consequences brought upon Israeli soldiers by the Shibaa farms massacre fails to arrive at any convictions or honest insights into the human condition by -whether to avoid political liabilities or a guilty conscience- falsely and naively blaming a ridiculously demonized Bashir Gemayel for all the horrors of the massacre, Lebanese civil war, and Israeli involvment. The film as result, despite its remarkable artistic imagery, comes off as a dishonest attempt to rewrite historical events. However, as a film that portrays the obscurities of the desire to recall and rewrite memories, the historical inaccuracies can be seen as testaments (deliberate or not) to that desire, thus bringing the internal struggle to life within the film as a work of art. If anything the film is an excellent expression of how at times, in order to protect ourselves, we must believe our lies.

Oct 3 - 11:36 AM

pat

Pat S.

"blaming [...] Bashir Gemayel for all the horrors of the massacre"

Wtf? Gemayel was already dead when the massacre occurred (the movie explains this), so how can he be "blamed"?

It is common historic knowledge, however, that the massacre was committed by radical *followers* of Gemayel (Christian Lebanese Phalangists), probably as revenge for his assassination.

So who else, exactly, would you have like the movie to "blame"?

(Not to mention, of course, that the movie isn't even *about* placing blame or settling any political argument, its about the nature of human memory and personal processing of feelings of shock, guilt and shame, and more generally about what war does to people.)

Feb 26 - 03:52 PM

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