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Waltz with Bashir (2008)

Vals Im Bashir (original title)
An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.

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Ronny Dayag ...
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Zahava Solomon ...
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Ron Ben-Yishai ...
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Boaz Rein-Buskila (voice) (as Miki Leon)
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Carmi Cna'an (voice)
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One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. Every night, the same number of beasts. 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. As Ari delves deeper and deeper into the mystery, his memory begins to creep up in surreal images. Written by intlpress@aol.com

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We may forget the past, but the past won't forget us. [Theatrical trailer.]


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Rated R for some disturbing images of atrocities, strong violence, brief nudity and a scene of graphic sexual content | See all certifications »

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12 June 2008 (Israel)  »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£113,087 (UK) (21 November 2008)

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$2,283,276 (USA) (8 May 2009)
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The film took four years to complete. See more »

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In the Netherlands, Carmi drives a car with a white license plate. In the Netherlands however, license plates happens to be yellow. See more »

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[from trailer]
Ari Folman: After the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, I lost my memory. Now in order to remember, I am looking for those who can never forget.
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Referenced in I'm Still Here (2010) See more »

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Written and Performed by Max Richter
Published by Mute Song Ltd
Courtesy of Fatcat Records
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A great blend of the real and the unreal.
27 July 2008 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Waltz With Bashir is amongst the finest animation films I've seen. It is a very disturbing comment on war and its consequences both on countries and on people of both sides. No doubt this approach has been taken by numerous other film makers; however what sets Waltz With Bashir apart is that it takes a documentary approach and compares Israel's activities in Lebanon with atrocities in the past wars.

Other than documenting events, the film also consists of surreal dream sequences and real life incidents. Thus the film emerges as a unique combination of the real and the unreal. The hand drawn animation also makes it a delight to watch. The colour gave it the right atmosphere of claustrophobia in open spaces and the background score is fabulous.

It is certainly not, as the Director of NZ Film Festival announced before the screening, a 'feel-good film'. It should appeal to people who have an interest in animation, documentaries, war and current affairs. 10 out of 10.


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