War is hell. Nobody wins, except the people who sell the planes/bombs/helicopters/guns/bullets. Volvo makes the engines for many NATO/USA war planes, they are big winners, too. Also General Electric, Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, Lockheed, Pratt and Whitney, FMC, to name but a few war profiteers. Everyone in the Middle East has PTSD. This film is largely about that. A very serious piece of animation, not for kids.
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.
This was only the second film that touched me so much that it made me cry in the end. What a stunning story, beautifully done in form of an animation, yet a very heartfelt journey of a director, who dares tackle his past, which is not always an easy thing to do. I take my hat off to Ari Folman.
Whilst I didn't discover the masters of animation in Massi, Dumala, etc, this was always my favourite feature animation. First time I watched this with English dub and I must say that with animation, it is probably more pleasing as you can appreciate the visual form much more (live action sucks). Interesting thematically, and atmospheric and beautiful in parts. Reminds me I need to explore anime and animation more.
A cinematic achievement that works as a profound polemical documentary, a stylish independent animation, an incisive insight into the corrupt context of modern warfare, a deeply felt melodrama, a haunting memoir, an unbearable tragedy, an absurdist comedy, and a detailed reimagining of 1982 Lebanon War, specifically situated in Beirut. I'm still in awe of this. Astonishing Ari Folman, astonishing.
In a Joe Sacco kind of way, Ari Folman is the writer and director and main character of this work. Or, as a character, the axis of the story that he is trying to unfold and investigate. The huge diference here is that Folman is a protagonist in the events that are told. The movie about making a movie aspect, the courage of facing and exposing past ghosts and actions, the art, the politics. Make great, unusual cinema!