Waltz with Bashir

  • 18
  • Ari Folman (2008)
  • Is / Ger / Fr / US / Jpn / Fin / Swi / Bel / Aus (SUB)
  • 86 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

During the first Lebanon War in 1982, film-maker Ari Folman served with the Israel Defense Force in Beirut. More than 25 years later, an encounter with a troubled former comrade stirs repressed memories of his tour of duty and prompts him to interview the men he fought alongside. Presenting the live-action footage of meetings as a mix of Flash animation and 3D, the film's seductive visuals give the resulting war stories a surreal edge in which guilt and post-traumatic stress intertwine in hallucinatory ways. For all its talk of dreams and memory, though, the heart of this powerful documentary concerns a very real war crime: the massacre of Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps by Christian militia gunmen. Instead of excusing the Israeli Army's role in the atrocity, Folman offers a harrowing portrait of a generation of young soldiers forever scarred by the horrors of war.

Plot Summary

Award-winning animated documentary. Haunted by his combat experiences during the first Lebanon War in 1982, film-maker Ari Folman interviews old friends and Israeli comrades from that conflict, presenting the collective memories in a passionate bid for redemption.

Cast and crew


Ron Ben-Yishai
Ron Ben-Yishai
Ronny Dayag
Ronny Dayag
Dror Harazi
Dror Harazi
Ori Sivan
Ori Sivan


Ari Folman

Other Information

Hebrew, German +subtitles
Theatrical distributor: 
Artificial Eye
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 21 Nov 2008
Certificate 18
Artificial Eye Film Co. Ltd