Waltz with Bashir


Waltz with Bashir

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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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Director Ari Folman's animated, quasi-documentary Waltz With Bashir follows the filmmaker's emotional attempt to decipher the horrors that unfolded one night in September of 1982, when Christian militia members massacred more than 3,000 Palestinian refugees in the heart of Beirut as Israeli soldiers surrounded the area. Folman was one of those soldiers, but nearly 20 years after the fact, his memories of that night remain particularly hazy. After hearing an old friend recall a vivid nightmare in which he is pursued by 26 ferocious dogs, Folman and his friend conclude that the dream must somehow relate to that fateful mission during the first Lebanon War. When Folman realizes that his recollections regarding that period in his life seem to have somehow been wiped clean, he travels the world to interview old friends and fellow soldiers from the war. Later, as Folman's memory begins to emerge in a series of surreal images, he begins to uncover a truth about himself that will haunt him for the rest of his days. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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  • 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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