Waltz with Bashir
One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari Folman about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. Every night, the same number of beasts. The two men conclude that there’s a connection to their Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War of the early eighties. Ari is surprised that he can’t remember a thing anymore about that period of his life.
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Throughout Waltz With Bashir, I was impressed with the art style - seemingly a mix of rotoscoping and flash animation - and how it allowed such wonderful images and colors, close to reality but just a hair off. I kept wondering, however, why this film was animated. Wouldn't the story be more powerful with authentic images? Isn't there something in the interviewees' eyes that can't be captured with pen and ink? The film wrapped, and I realized that all my questions about the purpose of animation were the reason why it was animated.
We construct a false reality around ourselves daily. We tell ourselves lies to be able to get to sleep. We live…
An interesting mix of fiction and reality to tell the story of a man wanting to remember his repressed memories of the 1982 Lebanon War. The animation here is unlike anything I've seen before and I was impressed with the amount of detail in every scene. Also, I liked that the score is quite diverse, ranging from edgy rock songs to classical music, always matching each situation properly. There are a few sequences I felt that were a bit redundant and repetitive, but nothing that really took me out of the film. The last moments are truly devastating and moving, making you feel outraged by the horrors of war. Definitely recommended!
"Draw as much as you want, but don't film." - Carmi C'naan
There have been instances when I've finished watching a film, and not known what to say, but only one has left me in a state where I haven't wanted to say anything. And that one film is Waltz with Bashir.
With an opening scene that rivals every other opening scene ever made, it's a visceral ride from the very start. The animation certainly helps to make the jaded, foggy mind-set of the film more effecting, and the stylisation of the naturalistic conversations (either recorded or written extremely well; I can't tell) is a masterstroke. Action sequences are fantastically realised, as is the disturbing brutality of the massacres and…
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IMPORTANT EDIT: Turns out I got some factual stuff wrong. Details, details. Since I don't feel like editing the review, I'll just put this disclaimer here: don't quote me on any of this, I'm probably incorrect.
It's easy to forget that Waltz with Bashir is a documentary. With a rich, enthralling story, captivating dream-like sequences and a unique animated visual style, it feels like anything but. It's told in a disjointed frenzy of flashbacks, interviews and a jarring sequence of actual gory, heart-wrenching post-massacre images, all the while tied together with the deeply symbolic and multi-faceted story of an Israeli war veteran struggling to piece together his fragmented memory,…
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Once I got through the first 5 minutes and stopped my brain telling me how much the animation reminded me of Archer, I became utterly gripped by this film. The animation is absolutely spot on - just surreal enough to make everything vibrant and interesting but not too silly to ruin the telling of a harrowing and horrible story. The dialogue seems so natural it's hard to tell if it really is recorded documentary-style or very well written by director Ari Folman. I can't imagine there are too many people in the Western world who are that clued up on the events covered by the film, so not only is it superbly written and animated, it also manages to be interesting and educational at the same time. Highly recommended.
It seems like no one can mention this film without referring to 'Persepolis,' but I think that's pretty far off base, especially considering there's already a well-known film that's far more ripe for comparison, that being 'Waking Life.' 'Bashir' is more structured and coherent, but has the same intent, to abstract reality to the point of a lucid dream.
First, let me say this film is a generational leap forward for cel-shaded CGI technique. Only two years ago, 'Renaissance' was the cutting edge in this field, and now it looks awkward and primitive by comparison. Any particular frame of film is almost indistinguishable from a graphic line drawing, and yet everything moves in a perfectly fluid way. The compositions are…
The ending made me tear up, and that's no small feat. Very powerful, very striking, and visually incredible. I've never seen another documentary like it. I very much recommend it to anyone who can stomach it and especially to anyone who loves stylish, artistic visuals.
The last year a learned a lot about the situation and war in the middle-east and I think you need this knowledge to follow and understand this movie/documentary.
It's truly a shocking masterpiece from Ari Folman and it's hard to believe that this tragedy really happend and that in times of war so many innocents have to die, for nothing.
I enjoyed the animation, music and story-telling. Although I felt a little bit sick at the end.
Interesting style, but rather dull film-making.
Giving this one the benefit of the doubt, somewhat. Saw it this afternoon while my brain was filled with distractions. But the film was damn impressive anyway. Quite stunning and inventive, both visually and in terms of its narrative devices. Reminded me of Tarkovsky a few times, actually. The ending is my only real qualm, and even that I rather admire. It’s horrifying stuff and I’m not sure how you follow something that powerful… but I know I was feeling the need for some kind of return to the narrative, something to grant a sense of completion to the piece. I don’t know. I respect the way they went… but it didn’t feel exactly right to me. Similar in its construction to the final scene of TASTE OF CHERRY, but that does feel right to me. Not sure why the disparity.
When I saw this the first time I was pretty distracted, so I wanted to get back to it again. I was right – it’s a pretty amazing film. I don’t know that there isn’t a distance created by the animation for me. I was much more focused this time through, but still found my mind wandering occasionally. That said, it’s a remarkable work. Powerful, considered, well-realized and damned entertaining. The ending, which still hits you in the face, didn’t seem too abrupt for me the way it did last time. Very impressed. (The likely winner of the Oscar for Foreign Film, but I hope the score (which really knocked me out both times) also gets some attention.)
Dat het begrip ?animatiefilm? niet noodzakelijk vereenzelvigd hoort te worden met de exploten van animatiekoning Pixar of de capriolen van zijn concurrent Dreamworks, werd in Cannes al bewezen met het gelauwerde Persepolis. Marjane Satrapi vertelde daarmee het verhaal van de val van de Sjah en de Islamitische revolutie die ermee gepaard ging. Met Waltz With Bashir brengt Ari Folman een even interessante animatiefilm die net als Persepolis de vinger aan de pols houdt. Een animatiefilm met documentaire inslag, een geanimeerde documentaire, een hartskreet of een indringend anti-oorlogspamflet, Waltz With Bashir is in elk geval een parel die u niet onberoerd zal achterlaten.
In de eerste plaats is de film een studie over de werking van het geheugen en de manier…
Es, en muchos aspectos, uno de los momentos cumbre de un género que ha ido emergiendo en los márgenes del cine en los últimos años: el documental animado. Y una de las mejores películas contra el horror de la guerra realizada en las últimas décadas.
It is, in many respects, one of the highlights of a genre that has emerged in the margins of mainstream cinema in recent years: the animated documentary. And one of the best films about the horror of war made in the last decades.
Been wanting to see this for a long time. Didn't quite emotionally connect with me like I hoped it would, but the story, the animation, and the stories told within are mesmerizing. A one-of-a-kind documentary slash drama that raises many questions about war and guilt. Many scenes are breathtaking, including the nightmares, and the "waltz."
I could not connect with this, I have a really big issue with documentaries that combine fiction and non fiction, I get too distracted trying to find that line and in the process I miss the forest for the trees. The visuals are great, but I just didn't really feel any of it.