Waltz with Bashir
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Much awarded animated documentary, in which director and Israeli army veteran Ari Folman interviews friends and former soldiers about their memories of the 1982 Lebanon war and especially the Sabra and Shatila massacre in Beirut. The usage on animation enabled Folman to illustrate their personal memories and dreams.

June 04, 2008

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Waltz with Bashir

Reviewed by Ccharisma

We forget that some animated films are for adults only. We are use to the animated films that are mainly for kids, and sometimes for both kids and adults. But Waltz with Bashir is for adults only and it should be because of the story it tells. The amazing story it tells. The story is about Ari Folman, who is also the director, and the past he has forgotten. Ari was a part of the Israeli Army during the first Lebanon War that took place in the early eighties. And there is a mission that he took part in, but cannot remember it. He has blocked that time in his life out of his mind. However, one of his old friends explains a nightmare that he has and it starts to make Ari curious. So, he starts to wonder why he cannot remember anything about the war and the part he played in it. Soon, he starts to visit people from his past who were in the Israeli army and maybe fought along side of Ari.

The animation that is used in this film is great. And its necessary to tell Ari Folman’s story. This film is almost an animated documentary. There are interviews of old friends that Folman does, and trying to put that part of his life together. But it is all animated. I think the use of the animation really affects the story in how its told. Animation is a way to show what’s going on inside their mind and experience their nightmares. This approach lets Folman tell his story without any boundaries and be creative in the process.

There are animated films like this one that have a powerful message, but use the craft of animation to tell it. Persepolis was last years and I believe Waltz with Bashir is this years. This film focuses on the quest of a man trying to deal with his own demons. It involves going back to his past and uncovering what he did during the first Lebanon War. And the whole time you have to keep in mind that Folman was only 19 years old. Too young for some of the stuff he saw during that time. The end is very powerful because Ari Folman reminds you that this war was real, and the people involved, like Folman, were affected forever.

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