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Waltz with Bashir ( Vals Im Bashir ) (2008) Movie Information

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Ari Folman


Ron Ben-Yishai
Ronny Dayag
Ari Folman
Dror Harazi
Yehezkel Lazarov
Mickey Leon





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When former Israeli soldiers confront their recurring nightmares about the atrocities of war, they're not sure if their dreams are real, imaginary, or just the gateway to a flood of memories they'd rather not have to face...

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mitchellyoung 08/16/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A powerful documentary that is told in pseudo-fiction format and utilizes a striking surrealistic animation approach. The visuals will stick with you, but it's also an interesting approach to dissecting a controversial and murky portion of Israeli-Palestinian history from a variety of perspectives. The ending is truly haunting.

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gideon43 05/27/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Movies often produce vital history lessons for those ignorant or unaware of certain events. Waltz with Bashir, a unique animated documentary graphically depicts events during the Lebanon War through the eyes of filmmaker Ari Folman. A movie which is banned in most Arab countries (although this is not unusual for Israeli films) Bashir, although politically controversial and highly ambiguous is still a remarkable achievement. Capturing a turbulent and merciless past, Bashir acts as a blueprint for the future and its anti war stance should be applauded rather than vilified.

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patjohnson76 08/15/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A brilliant and moving film, Walts with Bashir follows one man as he tries to remember his role as a soldier in the 1982 Lebanon War. This leads him to several conversations with his fellow soldiers, each one offering disturbing, sometimes horrifying revelation about what was done. Though it is animated, it is quite violent and graphic, but very powerful. The final frames show real life pictures from the event which really drive the film home.

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TommyL31 04/17/2009 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

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This movie was excellent! The animation and style was interesting and innovative. The storytelling was brilliant and captivating. The artistic direction and some of the shots they used were breathtaking. Great panoramic shots, panning landscapes, dream like shots make this movie truly stand out. The music was an amazing fit as well and added a music video quality to the surrounding destruction that was very powerful. Many movies have several of the things I've mentioned but this movie not only had them all but sacrificed not a drop of story telling ability, interest, and power. This is probably my favorite movie of 2008.

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07/18/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Waltz With Bashir

This was nominated for Best Foreign Film by the Academy last year. It's an animated film about one man's journey to try to remember his time in the Lebanon War. It's in the style of documentary realism. It's in Hebrew.

Just so you know, this kind of movie is totally my thing. As a documentary film student, I get way into really interesting ways of portraying personal history/memory. It makes me want to have a pretentious discussion with a bunch of other pretentious film students. I love animation used in creative ways, and as the director/writer asserts in the special features--animation can be much more real than live action. It's amazing that it was animated from scratch--no rotoscoping here, even though it looks like it. The movements and expressions of the people are so ...

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