Waltz with Bashir

Waltz with Bashir

DVD - 2009 | Hebrew
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After not being able to recall the time he spent on an Israeli Army mission during the Lebanon War, Ari attempts to unravel the mystery by traveling around the world to interview old friends and comrades. As the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together, his memory begins to return in illustrations that are surreal. At the end of the animated film is a very short part of the film that shows real people dead and alive.


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Sep 04, 2018

I thought this was well done. It showed how most young men who go to war have no idea what they are in for and find it a fear-ridden and disorientating experience. It is honest about the IDF's complicity in the Phalangist massacre of Palestinians at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. It is a powerful anti-war statement.

Disappointing. I found myself fast forwarding through long chunks of it. Parts were sooooo slow. Ridiculous, never-ending shooting of guns with bottomless magazines. Not credible. It is rare to find an anti-war film where animation is the medium.

Apr 25, 2017

This movie is an interesting animated take on a war that most people in North America would know nothing about. It centers on a soldiers inability to remember what he has done during the war. As he reflects he begins to recall the horrors of war and what he blocked out. Worth watching but not for children or preteens as there are some disturbing scenes.

Sep 20, 2016

The movie is very clearly marked with an R rating, for those who may be offended by the content of this film. That being said, yes, there is a scene depicting pornography, but it is in no way done to appeal to prurient interests. It is an amazing story. If there is any warning to be given, it is that this movie is pseudo-fictional, it is based on real events and you should be warned that the ending is not for the faint of heart. This isn't some macho war movie, it is extremely human and carries a very powerful message.

Dec 27, 2014

I’m always amazed by the power of animation to tell a story in a way no live-action film can match. Ari Folman’s dreamlike use of anime to describe the subjective nature of memory is a work of art from start to finish. The film begins with a former soldier recounting a nightmare to an old army buddy (the director himself). In the dream he sees a pack of malevolent black dogs running amok in the streets of his town. The dogs eventually gather beneath his window and glare at him with bared fangs. He concludes that this dream must be related to the horrors he witnessed during the Lebanese war. When Ari tries to reflect on his own war experiences however, he discovers that he can’t remember anything about those terrible days except for one mystifying vision.....he sees his platoon emerging naked from the sea, everything bathed in the golden light of illumination flares. This prompts him to seek out and interview the other soldiers he served with until gradually all the pieces begin to fall into place. Folman combines surreal imagery reminiscent of “Apocalypse Now” with an eerily evocative musical score to make you feel as if you are coming in and out of a fevered haze. He explores the transmutability of unpleasant memories as our psyches try to twist them into something more palatable. It comes as no surprise then to discover that a group of men can walk away from a shared experience with completely different accounts of what happened. In the words of one character, “Memories can’t take you where you don’t want to go...” Unlike the drugged vacancy of “Waking Life”, “Waltz with Bashir” is dead sober. A gorgeous film that is as mesmerizing as it is disturbing.

Feb 06, 2014

This is a very good movie about the invasion of Lebanon and the effect of it on Israeli soldiers. I believe if this movie was made with real people instead of a cartoon, the message would have been more powerful. Still, overall it’s a good movie and could be transferred to any army\soldier and what they have to go through.

Sep 03, 2013

An anti-war film depicting the emotional trauma inflicted on young soldiers. The animation is top-notch, as is the use of colour to heighten the sense of certain scenes. This is a rare animation film experience.

hania4987 Apr 15, 2013

interesting use of animation for a serious exploration of complex issues including
PTS, memories of battle, the stark contrast of an oblivious civilian society literally living next door to a war zone

it begins with a nightmare and a man (former Israeli soldier and veteran of the Lebanon war) who contacts a friend and veteran to discuss it. the friend who is the filmaker realizes he does not remember his time in Lebanon and sets out to contact former colleagues to verify his experiences.

what starts as an interesting discussion evolves into a dark, very cynical anti-war tirade

very graphic, definitely not suitable for pre-HS

Sep 10, 2012

This is an excellent film. It shows the
reality of war as a frightening human
experience. There is no glorification
of violence. It is true that there are some sexually graphic scenes that
make this film unsuitable for children, but they are a minor part of the overall story. Most importantly, this is a very effective anti-war film and it's
from a young soldier's perspective.
Also, the extra features--such as the interview with the filmmaker--are well worth watching.

Jun 01, 2012

I really appreciated the way the film was put together. The human mind is an extraordinary thing. I do not believe the director was trying to lay or to deny blame in the conflict. Moreover, I feel that this film really shows how helpless everyone involved seems to feel during war.

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Jun 01, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Video footage of dead bodies

Jun 01, 2012

Violence: Animated fighting scenes

Jun 01, 2012

Sexual Content: Nudity and pornography


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