Waltz with Bashir

Waltz with Bashir

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Waltz with Bashir

Unlike any animated film you'll have seen before, Waltz with Bashir is a drawn documentary based on filmmaker Ari Folman's own experiences, as a drafted Israeli soldier in abetting a 1982 massacre of Palestinian refugees during the Lebanon War.

While trying to work his way out of a severe depression from the war, Folman contacted many of his former military comrades, along with a psychiatrist friend and a neurologist who specializes in memory impairment. The film combines pieces of these interviews with fragmentary episodes drawn from their memories and dreams.

To read more on the Sabra and Shatila massacres, see here.

Best Foreign Film - Golden Globes 2009. Best Documentary - Directors Guild Awards 2009.
2008Rating: R16, violence, offensive language, sex scenes and content that may disturb87 minsIsrael, France, GermanyHebrew with English subtitles
AnimatedDramaTrue Story & BiographyWarHistorical
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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

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Pensive and melancholy, this haunting and remarkable film from Ari Folman hones in on memory and how stimulating triggers unlock a traumatic war-experience previously blocked by the subconscious. Animated in a similar style to the rotoscope that Richard Linklater used in Waking Life, the visuals are striking with an emphasis on richly depicted sepia shades and the use of moving shadows.

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Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

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A fine achievement in filmmaking, with the director’s decision to animate the feature lending it an extra layer of metaphoric complexity. If you have a chance to catch this excellent work, be prepared for an emotionally harrowing experience that will likely stay with you for some time.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Though the film is being promoted as an examination of the Christian Phalangist massacres of Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps, these are not mentioned until one hour into the film. Nor does it break any ground politically, since the culprit who is rather mildly rebuked, Ariel Sharon, was condemned by an official government committee decades ago for his part in allowing the massacres to happen.

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Pul-eeease!

No, no, no. No visual or conceptual charm in this film for me. I fell asleep due to utter boredom. The animation was simplistic and dull, and served to distance the viewer from any attachment to the narrative, although the stories themselves had the potential to be very moving. My partner loved it as he understands war, follows middle eastern politics and...

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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

Pensive and melancholy, this haunting and remarkable film from Ari Folman hones in on memory and how stimulating triggers unlock a traumatic war-experience previously blocked by the subconscious. Animated in a similar style to the rotoscope that Richard Linklater used in Waking Life, the visuals are striking with an emphasis on richly depicted sepia shades and the use of moving shadows.

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Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

press

A fine achievement in filmmaking, with the director’s decision to animate the feature lending it an extra layer of metaphoric complexity. If you have a chance to catch this excellent work, be prepared for an emotionally harrowing experience that will likely stay with you for some time.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Though the film is being promoted as an examination of the Christian Phalangist massacres of Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps, these are not mentioned until one hour into the film. Nor does it break any ground politically, since the culprit who is rather mildly rebuked, Ariel Sharon, was condemned by an official government committee decades ago for his part in allowing the massacres to happen.

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Pul-eeease!

No, no, no. No visual or conceptual charm in this film for me. I fell asleep due to utter boredom. The animation was simplistic and dull, and served to distance the viewer from any attachment to the narrative, although the stories themselves had the potential to be very moving. My partner loved it as he understands war, follows middle eastern politics...

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