One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari Folman about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. The two men conclude that there’s a connection to their Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War of the early eighties. Ari is surprised that he can’t remember a thing anymore about that period of his life. Intrigued by this riddle, he decides to meet and interview old friends and comrades around the world. He needs to discover the truth about that time and about himself.
Ari Folman (Hebrew: ארי פולמן) (born December 17, 1962) is an Israeli film director, screenwriter and film score composer. Ari Folman was born in Haifa to Holocaust survivors. His wife is also a film director. They live in Tel Aviv. Ari Folman’s memories of the aftermath of the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre which took place when he was a 19-year old soldier, served as the basis for his movie Waltz with Bashir. The film follows his attempt to regain his memories of the war through therapy as well as conversations with old friends and other Israelis that were present in Beirut around the time of the massacre. —Wikipedia
Devastating and sublime and definitely a documentary. Gets me choked up. Experimenting with convention doesn't always work, especially when it is the filmmakers prime focus, but Folman scripted Waltz With Bashir so bloody well that the story elements — personal and historical — combined with the animation, makes this one of my favourite films. Transgressive brilliance.
Not a documentary. More like a docudrama, and even that is stretching it. I hate when people don't see the difference. The animation was boring for me. I understand it is meant to be in the vein of minimalism but this just felt like an over-glorified flash animation from the early 2000s. i.e.) The Negotiator.
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In 1982, Ari Folman was a 19 year old Israeli soldier in Lebanon, a country torn by a civil war. Now he is film director and a Golden Globe award winner. Waltz with Bashir (2008) was nominated for… read review
In one of the DVD extras, Director/Writer Ari Folman examines his own “Post Traumatic Sketch Disorder,” by asking, “Is a digital image consisting of thoughts as lines and digital information – is it… read review
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