Waltz with Bashir

DVD - 2009 - Hebrew
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Waltz with Bashir
After not being able to recall the time he spent on an Israeli Army mission during the Lebanon War, Ari attempts to unravel the mystery by traveling around the world to interview old friends and comrades. As the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together, his memory begins to return in illustrations that are surreal.

Published: [United States] : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2009.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
ISBN: 9781435948877
Branch Call Number: DVD 956.9204 WAL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (87 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Dec 27, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I’m always amazed by the power of animation to tell a story in a way no live-action film can match. Ari Folman’s dreamlike use of anime to describe the subjective nature of memory is a work of art from start to finish. The film begins with a former soldier recounting a nightmare to an old army buddy (the director himself). In the dream he sees a pack of malevolent black dogs running amok in the streets of his town. The dogs eventually gather beneath his window and glare at him with bared fangs. He concludes that this dream must be related to the horrors he witnessed during the Lebanese war. When Ari tries to reflect on his own war experiences however, he discovers that he can’t remember anything about those terrible days except for one mystifying vision.....he sees his platoon emerging naked from the sea, everything bathed in the golden light of illumination flares. This prompts him to seek out and interview the other soldiers he served with until gradually all the pieces begin to fall into place. Folman combines surreal imagery reminiscent of “Apocalypse Now” with an eerily evocative musical score to make you feel as if you are coming in and out of a fevered haze. He explores the transmutability of unpleasant memories as our psyches try to twist them into something more palatable. It comes as no surprise then to discover that a group of men can walk away from a shared experience with completely different accounts of what happened. In the words of one character, “Memories can’t take you where you don’t want to go...” Unlike the drugged vacancy of “Waking Life”, “Waltz with Bashir” is dead sober. A gorgeous film that is as mesmerizing as it is disturbing.

Feb 06, 2014
  • 0cho rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a very good movie about the invasion of Lebanon and the effect of it on Israeli soldiers. I believe if this movie was made with real people instead of a cartoon, the message would have been more powerful. Still, overall it’s a good movie and could be transferred to any army\soldier and what they have to go through.

Sep 03, 2013
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An anti-war film depicting the emotional trauma inflicted on young soldiers. The animation is top-notch, as is the use of colour to heighten the sense of certain scenes. This is a rare animation film experience.

Apr 15, 2013
  • hania4987 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

interesting use of animation for a serious exploration of complex issues including
PTS, memories of battle, the stark contrast of an oblivious civilian society literally living next door to a war zone

it begins with a nightmare and a man (former Israeli soldier and veteran of the Lebanon war) who contacts a friend and veteran to discuss it. the friend who is the filmaker realizes he does not remember his time in Lebanon and sets out to contact former colleagues to verify his experiences.

what starts as an interesting discussion evolves into a dark, very cynical anti-war tirade

very graphic, definitely not suitable for pre-HS

Sep 10, 2012
  • salwyne rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an excellent film. It shows the
reality of war as a frightening human
experience. There is no glorification
of violence. It is true that there are some sexually graphic scenes that
make this film unsuitable for children, but they are a minor part of the overall story. Most importantly, this is a very effective anti-war film and it's
from a young soldier's perspective.
Also, the extra features--such as the interview with the filmmaker--are well worth watching.

Jun 23, 2012
  • tj_is_cool rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The animations, the drawings and the story could be done much better.

Jun 01, 2012
  • re_discover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really appreciated the way the film was put together. The human mind is an extraordinary thing. I do not believe the director was trying to lay or to deny blame in the conflict. Moreover, I feel that this film really shows how helpless everyone involved seems to feel during war.

Jul 24, 2011
  • Marganit rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Pornographic. Can't believe anyone would think this is suitable for a 13-year-old child.

Sep 01, 2010
  • benyamalem rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Waltz with Bashir recounts a struggle of a man to recall his memory about a profound event in his past.Although the animation is not as best interms of graphics quality, the story line seems to surpass any shortcomings in the presentation of the film.
So without further ado, i give this movie two toes up.

Nov 05, 2009
  • joseph rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good – Waltz With Bashir (2008) 90 min. First animated film to be nominated for Best Foreign Picture (Oscars). Powerful and well-animated film follows a Jewish soldier’s recollection of his days in the 1982 Lebanese War. Later in life, he is haunted by images in his dreams but can’t remember the incidence that’s sparked this horror. Through discussions of those days, he begins to remember the atrocities that were committed and the reasons for his dreams. The end of the film left me emotionally exhausted as animation turned to reality demonstrating the effects of violence on a community.


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Jun 01, 2012
  • re_discover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Video footage of dead bodies

Jun 01, 2012
  • re_discover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Nudity and pornography

Jun 01, 2012
  • re_discover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Animated fighting scenes


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Jul 24, 2011
  • Marganit rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Marganit thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

Feb 21, 2010
  • kokosowe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

kokosowe thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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