Waltz with Bashir

Much awarded animated documentary, in which director and Israeli army veteran Ari Folman interviews friends and former soldiers about their memories of the 1982 Lebanon war and especially the Sabra and Shatila massacre in Beirut. The usage on animation enabled Folman to illustrate their personal memories and dreams.

1 Film Review

A very powerful story, beautifully told by Russell Betney
over 6 years ago

Award-winning animated film telling the story of one man struggling to remember his part in the massacre of Palestinian refugees in Beirut in 1982. In the present day following a conversation with his friend about flashbacks, Ari has a flashback that night about his complicity in the notorious Sabra and Satila massacre. He then travels meeting old friends to piece together what his role had been. As the movie finishes, animation gives way to actual footage of the aftermath of the massacre.

Though it is an animated film, it is beautifully shot; there are many rich colours, and many inventive uses of the "camera". It is a very powerful story, about an event that I knew nothing about - I would have been 5 years old. However, it is the kind of film that makes you want to find out more. Very powerful and made with tremendous attention to detail, definitely worth checking out. I should really watch it again. But, well, you know, that’s just, like, my opinion, man.


Film Score

8.0 stars

Film Information

Runtime 90 minutes
Studio Bridgit Folman Film Gang, Les Films d'Ici, Razor Film Produktion
Genre Animation, Documentary, History, War
Budget $2,000,000
Revenue $11,125,849

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