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Waltz With Bashir

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Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
8.25 /10

Directed by: Ari Folman
Written by: Ari Folman

Released: 2008
Origin: Israel
Colour: C
Length: 90

The most original film of the week is this weird little animated documentary.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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The soundtrack consists of various people remembering the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon and two massacres within Palestinian refugee camps by pro-Israeli Christian militiamen, shortly after the assassination of Lebanese president-elect Bashir Gemayel. The visuals offer absurdist, comic-strip illustrations which point up – don’t hold the front page - the horror and futility of war.

Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman himself served as a soldier, and the film is concerned with the way the human brain remembers what it chooses to recall, and not necessarily everything that really happened.

There’s never been a more graphic display of post-traumatic stress disorder, and the effect of the film is uniquely hallucinatory and disturbing.

The picture comes across more as therapy for Folman and his military ex-colleagues, than as entertainment for the viewing masses. But it’s undeniably distinctive, and anyone interested in the unconventional end of animation should take a look.

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