Waltz with Bashir Reviews
Waltz with Bashir is an animated documentary about a man who interviews several men who fought with him in the Middle East in order to try and explain a recurring dream he has. The stories are darkly fascinating and are matched with an equally dark animation. The use of animation is not just a decision of film technique, but rather used to contrast it's shocking, terrifying, depressing, and powerful conclusion.
Strangely though necesairly paced, Walts with Bashir is both a beautiful and heart wrenching documentary that is brim with creativy and artsy impulses.
Walks a fine line between feature films and documentary very well. Could have done with more Arab perspective, but stands up well as a highly personal Israeli account of a horrific war and an infamous massacre.
The film tries to be as innocent as possible by portraying a soldier who developed amnesia for what has happened during the massacre. It avoids any cliches and political point of views (except for the phone call to Ariel Sharon which reports the massacre and innocently replied "Did you see it?" and when the answer was no it was the proof of the film that he hadn't anything to do with it.) The massacre happened in the course of 48 hours but those innocent criminals didn't even knew what happened! What a pity!
It's actually a very clever way in delivering the message without being discredited