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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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Ori Sivan ...
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Ronny Dayag ...
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Shmuel Frenkel ...
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Zahava Solomon ...
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Ron Ben-Yishai ...
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Dror Harazi ...
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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.]


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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)

Gross:

$2,283,276 (USA) (8 May 2009)
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Trivia

The narrator refers to the transport helicopter as a "Hercules helicopter", which is a confusion of the C-130 Hercules cargo plane with the CH-53 Stallion helicopter, the latter being the true transportation device. See more »

Goofs

When Ori grabs a cup on his kitchen table, his thumb goes straight through instead of clasping around it (error in animation). See more »

Quotes

Anonymous soldier: What to do? What to do? Why don't you tell us what to do?
Ari Folman: Shoot!
Anonymous soldier: On who?
Ari Folman: How should I know on who? Just shoot!
Anonymous soldier: Isn't it better to pray?
Ari Folman: Pray and shoot!
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Connections

Features Ms. Pac-Man (1981) See more »

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Enola Gay
Written by Andy McCluskey (as Andrew McCluskey)
Performed by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (as OMD)
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd
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Hard-Hitting Film
1 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film exists on several levels. It is partly a film about combat trauma, memory and repression, partly about the specifics of Israel's role in the Lebanese civil war, and partly about war in general as experienced by soldiers. It was cleverly constructed, moving back and forth from the middle-aged protagonist and his search for his lost memories via contacting old comrades, and the depiction of the actual events during the time of his and their youth. The film is mostly done in animation and uses animation in a very effective way.

I do not believe it is at all relevant what someone's political opinions are in terms of appreciating this film. The film reveals truth through taking the viewer on a journey to the past through the memories of people who witnessed the worst days of the conflict.


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