Waltz with Bashir (2008)


“Memory is dynamic, it’s alive. If some details are missing, memory fills the holes with things that never happened. ” – Ori Sivan

Number of Times Seen – 2 (24 Jan 2009 and 13 Aug 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A filmmaker attempts to delve into his own memories of the past to try and recall memories that he seems to have lost that depict a traumatizing event during his military days.

My Take on it – This film is quiet a novel idea because it uses animation to tell the stories and events of memories instead of trying to reenact it all with actors.

There are certain points where this films delves into too much politics and instead of giving us an objective story, things get slightly skewed by a particular viewpoint.

The rest of the story seems to be told from a very realistic and true point of view which helps the film’s credibility.

The use of animation is great because it allows us to explore many of the various metaphoric thoughts of the interviewees and it also helps to desensitize us to some of the events taking place.

In some places, these idea go a bit too far but I still understand why they do it even though I don’t necessarily agree that it should have been done that way.

In the end, they manage to get across the main point of how much war can affect someone for so many years afterwards even when they subconsciously suppress so much of the information.

Bottom Line – Great idea to use animation to depict the events and memories of these characters. Gets a bit too political at certain points, but still feels realistic and true of events that occurred. The use of animation helps show many of the metaphoric thoughts of the interviewees and in some cases seems a bit too much, but still gets it’s point across as to how devastating war can be on a psyche. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The first animated film to be nominated for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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