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  • Directors: Ari Folman
  • Producers: Ari Folman, Serge Lalou, Gerhard Meixner, Yael Nahlieli, Roman Paul
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Mar. 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NPD2B0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,365 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Powerfully anti-war animated documentary by Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman. The film explores a period in Folman's life when he was enlisted as a teenage soldier in the first Lebanon war in the early 1980s, during which time he was present at the massacre of Palestinian refugees by a Christian Phalangist militia. Looking back, Folman realises that he has blocked out practically all memories of this horrific event. Resolving to face up to this missing chapter of his past, he embarks on a voyage of self-discovery involving interviews with old friends and former colleagues from around the world. As he delves deeper into the mystery, his dreams and memories begin to surface, and these are represented in the film's eerie and often surreal animated sequences.

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A customer VINE VOICE on 10 Sept. 2009
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This is a trully unforgetable movie about an Israeli soldier trying to remember the events of a fateful day in Beirut during the 1982 invasion.

Without going into the histocracity of the movie I would like to say that is not meant to be taken an historical accoint but as a personal recollection of the events.

I was very impressed with the animation with several novelties that make it stanning to watch. The soundtrack has a mixture of actors and real interviews with Israeli soldiers as well .

The human side of the story ,the futility of war ,the human cost are all perfectly reflected in the movie which also has a very moving and engaging.

Some reviewers give it one stars and call it propaganda but I feel Mr Folman made it very clear that this is not a documentary or an impartial view this is HIS OWN experience put into a film. If anything portraits the Palestinians as vicitms and the Israeli soldiers in the same way as some Vietman films show American soldiers as they walk in a Vietnamesse village and get a bit trigger happy.

Ari Folman ( director ) gives an interview about the film as an extra on the DVD where he explains his reasons for making the movie and his views on the events described in the movie.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Demob Happy on 12 May 2009
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Hagai Levi, creator of the Israeli TV show 'Be'Tipul' - which became in turn the inspiration for the latest HBO phenomenon, 'In Treatment', currently championed in the UK by The Guardian - said of Israel that "one of our problems as a nation is that in our mind we are still survivors, and sometimes we think that we can do awful things to others because we are survivors." Both 'Be'Tipul' and it US counterpart revolve around the psycho analyst's chair, each episode a single patient's session. Psychoanalysis - both individual and that pertaining to Israeli national identity - also pervades Ari Folman's 'Waltz With Bashir'. The film is a cathartic act of self-therapy, conducted on and by the director himself, with the help of former fellow soldiers: unpeeling an onion of buried memories revolving around his participation in Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon. His need to recover and clarify the past is provoked by a deeply unsettling, repetitive dream, which suggests a spectre of guilt regarding the events that lead to the Sabra and Shatila refugee camp massacres, a dark chapter in modern Israel's short but troubled history - a history dictated perhaps by a national psychology of survival.

'Waltz With Bashir' is unusual because parts of the film derive from genuine documentary footage in which Folman meets again and interviews his erstwhile Israeli army colleagues in search of a forgotten past. The interviews, like Folman's abstract, fallible memories and dreams, have been richly transformed into animation in a manner that recalls Richard Linklater's visually-striking but emotionally vacant 'A Scanner Darkly'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aidan J. McQuade on 2 Sept. 2012
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Twenty years after the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, of which he was a participant, the writer and director Ari Folman realized that he had little memory of his time there. This included being stationed a few hundred metres from the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila during the three days in which the Phalangist militia massacred the population there.

Waltz with Bashir recounts how, with the help of others who had been there, including fellow soldiers, he began to recover his memory of the events.

Palestinians and Lebanese have no voice in this film. Nevertheless it still represents some of the best impulses in Israeli society, documenting how an ordinary Israeli faces the truth of a particularly vile episode in his nation's history in which he himself was directly implicated.

The massacre in Sabra and Shatila has echoes through history: one Israeli journalist, Ron Ben-Yishai a distinguished war correspondent who was witness to the massacre, recounts how the scene in the camps reminded him of the images of the Warsaw Ghetto.

There are other echoes in Middle Eastern history. One not mentioned in the film is how in 1268, on capturing the city of Antioch, the Sultan Baybars immediately locked the city gates to stop the escape of any of the town's inhabitants as he proceeded to massacre them. Folman argues with this film that the role of the Israeli army during the massacre was the equivalent to Baybars' locking of the gates while their Phalangist allies, Israeli-equipped and in the full knowledge of the highest Israeli military commanders, carried out the slaughter. While the film may provide only a narrow perspective on the Lebanese invasion, it is a startlingly brave and humane one, showing how an ordinary individual human can take responsibility even in the midst of overwhelming historical events.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Kocu on 8 Jan. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
I've actually watched this film about 4 times now but for some reason I've never really talked about it. I think it's one of those films that was simply never intended for mainstream recognition, nor was it ever a film I wanted to read about much - it's just one of those jewels we want to selfishly keep to ourselves by not telling the world how amazing the movie is. The film follows the retrospective deliberations of ex-Israeli soldier, Ari Folman, who has recently been reminded by an old colleague of their involvement in the 1982 Lebanon War. It is only after this brief reminder that Ari realises he has no recollection of his involvement in the war and is suddenly privy to a number of flashbacks that relate to very little he can remember. So starts his journey of memory provocation as he visits friends, colleagues and those unknown who played a part in the war. it isn't until some recollection that he appears to have created a mental blackout within himself of the Sabra Masacres. As he delves deeper into his own subconscious, he begins to put together his mental jigsaw puzzle to eventually lead him to his epiphany of epic proportion in a recollection of events that even now has me shiver in despair. There are so many facets of this movie that are exceptional I don't know where to start, so I'll start from the obvious - the visuals.

It uses some very clever techniques that are a combination of Adobe Flash cutouts with classic animation, but the results are simply extraordinary. I've never seen animation, in the general sense, portray so much life in both character and surroundings. It's a stark contrast as the film tackles some very heavy issues, from genocide in war, to mental degradation and psychological breakdowns. It's moody, gritty and quite violent in places.
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