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Waltz with Bashir

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Waltz with Bashir

Ari Folman (2008)

86min
18 Certificate
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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.

Summary

Animated documentary, in which director Ari Folman recalls his time serving in the Israeli army during the first Lebanon war. Prompted by the vivid dream of an old friend, he interviews fellow soldiers to learn more about the period, particularly the Sabra and Shatila massacre in September 1982. As he understands more of what happened, his own memories come flooding back in a series of surreal images and troubling flashbacks. In Hebrew, Arabic, German and English.

Cast & Crew

Ron Ben-Yishai Ron Ben-Yishai
Ronny Dayag Ronny Dayag
Dror Harazi Dror Harazi
Ori Sivan Ori Sivan
Director Ari Folman

Other Information

Language: Hebrew, German +subtitles Colour Theatrical distributor: Artificial Eye Guidance: Violence Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 21 Nov 2008

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