Really impressive production for an animated short. The result is great for the eyes but not always completely satisfying otherwise. I like the fact that there is little dialogue and use of the voice over (a lot comes directly from the images of Beyrouth and the mood) but i did not care for the fantasy part of it. Maybe this was all a deep and complicated metaphor for something, who knows ? Enjoyable anyhow.
Oneiric diving as a breath from the sickness of war. While israeli soldier has to get along with nightmares wich bring him horror recalls of Lebanon fights (Waltz with Bashir-2008), in Waves´98 the young man suspends himself from the boredom of chaotic repetition of a war he does not identify with. Oneiric functions working for reality in both sides.
One of my favourite aspects was the organic integration of footage and photography with the animation, done with taste and never feeling forced. A great abstract approach, making the theme of urban monotony open to being relatable on an individual level. The elephant was, for me, a symbol for an idyllic hope of escaping the apathy and dead ends of the city life. Unreachable on the horizon, but a well needed illusion.
Pas de sous-titres en français. Sur le site Mubi, invitation en français à découvrir le film dont le résumé est en anglais dans l'application. Pas de sous-titres en français, uniquement en anglais. Quel avantage ? Pourquoi proposer un service en français sans l'assurer dans la même langue ? Cela ne me permet pas de découvrir les oeuvres proposées et ce n'est pas annoncé.