Waltz With Bashir

Posted by schnolis on January 28th, 2009 filed in Reviews

WALTZ_WITH_BASHIRWhat does it mean when to forget the most tragic thing in your past? Does your conscience allow this? What happens when the nightmares you’ve forgotten start haunting your dreams, and you can’t remember what they’re about? That’s how Waltz With Bashir begins.

The main character in the movie is Ari Folman, a movie director who once served in the Israeli army in the early 1980s. When a friend tells him he’s being chased by 26 dogs in a recurring dream, they realize they cannot remember what happened. So Ari tracks down his old comrades and slowly begins to uncover the truth about a dark time in 1982. He rediscovers his own role in the Sabra and Shatila massacre, a terrible weight on his conscience.

Because I don’t like to spoil the events of movies before I see them, I didn’t know what this movie was about. I didn’t know the full details of this massacre until after I’d seen the movie, though I did piece together quite a bit from the film itself. It’s a humbling film, and does a remarkable job of piecing together the pieces of memory from all its participants. Everyone has forgotten something, but nobody has really every gotten over the pain, either. Their lives are marked by it, in fact. It’s difficult to imagine this film being done in such an emotional way with a live-action format.

What I liked:
The animation. It’s wonderful and appropriate for the tone of the film.

What I disliked: Not knowing the history of the event beforehand. The repetition was a little much at times, but only slightly.

Rating: 7 of 10

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