Waltz with Bashir 2008

Waltz With Bashir

Critics Consensus

A wholly innovative, original, and vital history lesson, with pioneering animation, Waltz With Bashir delivers its message about the Middle East in a mesmerizing fashion.

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Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman wrote, directed and stars in this autobiographical animated film. As a 19-year-old infantry soldier in the 1982 war with Lebanon, Folman witnessed the Sabra and Shatila massacre, but realizes that he has no memory of the event. In 2006, he seeks out others who were in Beirut at the time to discuss their memories, including a psychologist specializing in post-traumatic stress disorders and the first journalist to cover the massacre.

Cast & Crew

Yehezkel Lazarov
Carmi Cna'an
Voice
Mickey Leon
Boaz Rein-Buskila
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Max Richter
Original Music
Feller Nili
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David Polonsky
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Critic Reviews for Waltz with Bashir

All Critics (152) | Top Critics (54) | Fresh (146) | Rotten (6)

  • Persepolis meets Full Metal Jacket in Ari Folman's powerful and original animated war film.

    September 14, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • These depictions of the dementia of war have a hallucinatory power that can stand alongside those of Apocalypse Now.

    July 6, 2010 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
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  • The message of the futility of war has rarely been painted with such bold strokes.

    July 6, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Special, strange and peculiarly potent.

    July 6, 2010
  • The look of Waltz with Bashir is what is most arresting. It's a deep, multi-plane style of animation that incorporates photo-real settings, realistic renderings of the people and under-animated movement, especially of faces.

    July 16, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A dreamy, animated psycho-documentary.

    February 26, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Waltz with Bashir

  • Dec 24, 2012
    One of the best uses of animation to bring forward memories. This is the only way that some events can be depicted in a less painful way.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 11, 2012
    The trippy, innovative animation of Waltz With Bashir helps to capture the tragic and fragmented memories of its writer/director, Ari Folman. An animated war movie (gasp) about the Lebanon War, it is autobiographical in the sense that the main character is more or less Folman, conducting interviews for his film. I feel it is a fascinating style for this material; and through unforgettable imagery, fantastic sound design and scoring, and stimulating conversations with both heroes and fallen angels it achieves a primitive level of devastation that, yes, could and should be compared to the likes of any classic war film.
    Ryan M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 07, 2012
    A film about the absurdity of war, the absurdity and the horror that happened in Beyrouth in the early 80's. Impressive animation. Haunting images. Great soundtrack. An important film. Powerful.
    Hugo S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2011
    Waltz With Bashir is an animated documentary (possibly made out of guilt) that artfully accounts the filmmaker's forgotten, but haunting memory of the 1982 Lebanon War, Sabra and Shatila Massacre. Ugly history presented with irresistible creativity and charm. A strong and powerful work that explores the psychological trauma by warfare. The God-awful screams at the end are haunting.
    Jan Marc M Super Reviewer

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