Folman trova un modo piacente e vigoroso per raccontare se stesso ed il suo rapporto con quel fatale mestiere che è la guerra. Tra molti vinti e ben pochi vincitori si fa spazio una narrativa documentaristica poco dinamica ma comunque efficace, ben rappresentata dai colori caldi delle meravigliose e funzionali animazioni, superate in potenza solo dalle ultime angosciose scene d'archivio. Estremamente interessante.
A funny, hallucinatory, scary, insightful, and ultimately devastating film. Walks a fine line between feature films and documentary very well. Could have done with more Arab perspective, but stands up well as a highly personal Israeli account of a horrific war and an infamous massacre.
I always suggest "Waltz with Bashir" as a very clear example of how a movie can tell the story of a mind and not only facts. Romantic views aside, the story-telling is compelling and the animation-style mediates the fervid imagery used by Folman to analyse his memories.
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.
Comment traiter un trauma ? Comment traiter le réel et ses images trop violentes ? Comment faire resurgir le choque psychique que la guerre provoque ? Regardez Valse avec Bachir, c'est se confronter à l'invisionnable, au cauchemar, à l'inavouable. L'image, le cinéma, c'est aussi ça.
A masterly documentary about a man's journey to his lost memories of the 1982 Lebanon war and especially Israel's involvement in the massacres of Sabra and Shatila. The slight distancing from the terror of war that the film achieves by using animations, dream pictures and symbols is lifted by original footage from the refugee camps in the moment the narrator recovers his memory. An essential film.