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Over 20 years ago, ari served in the chaotic war in lebanon. Now he and his fellow israeli veterans suffer from missing memories and strange, surreal dreams. What hidden truths do their nightmares mask? Ari's quest leads to his most troubling secret, kept even from himself.


Studio Sony
SKU 211044245
UPC 043396289932
UPC 14 00043396289932
Format DVD
Release Date 3/6/2012
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Anamorphic Widescreen  1.78:1
Cannes Film Festival (2009) Ari Folman, Nominee, Golden Palm
Golden Globe (2009) Waltz With Bashir, Winner, Best Foreign Language Film
Oscar (2009) Waltz With Bashir, Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
ReviewSource Los Angeles Times
Review "Waltz With Bashir" is one of Israel's first animated features, and it's going to be a hard act to follow. Provocative, hallucinatory, incendiary, this devastating animated documentary is unlike any Israeli film you've seen. More than that, in its seamless mixing of the real and the surreal, the personal and the political, animation and live action, it's unlike any film you've seen, period..."Bashir" was written and directed by Ari Folman, one of Israel's top documentary filmmakers and one of the writers on the Israeli TV show that became HBO's "In Treatment." He's told interviewers he always envisioned this as an animated film, even though the process ended up taking five years, because "animation functions on the border between reality and the subconscious" and that's exactly where he wanted to be..."It should be hallucinatory but also realistic," the director explained to Sight & Sound magazine. "We wanted to make a realistic scene in a very dreamy way, so that you would be confused until the very end about whether it really happened."...That quote underscores that "Waltz With Bashir's" emphasis is always on the personal, not on the geopolitical rights and wrongs of Israeli actions, but on what individual soldiers experienced and what those experiences did to them. This emphasis persists even at the film's disturbing closing sequence, when animation gives way to live-action newsreel footage of the horrors perpetrated at those refugee camps. What happened was not a dream, "Waltz With Bashir" insists, it was real, and that was the most nightmarish thing of all.
Reviewer Kenneth Turan
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review A potent and profound document of war and its aftermath done as a cartoon -- what's that all about? Watch and learn, cynics, even if you think animation is strictly for kung-fu pandas and you know squat about assassinated Lebanese president Bashir Gemayel. For what's on view in Ari Folman's Waltz With Bashir, submitted for Oscar consideration by Israel as both foreign-language film and animated feature, is hallucinatory brilliance in the service of understanding the psychic damage of war...From the first haunting scene ? a combat survivor's recurring nightmare of 26 barking dogs he was forced to shoot to keep an element of surprise ? the movie grips you and won't let go. Folman cuts deep with images of his young self, of naked boys emerging from the sea to pull on uniforms, of a crazed soldier dancing with his rifle as he fires randomly at unseen snipers, and a final glimpse of devastating reality. Get ready to be knocked for a loop.
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review 'Waltz With Bashir" is a devastating animated film that tries to reconstruct how and why thousands of innocent civilians were massacred because those with the power to stop them took no action. Why they did not act is hard to say. Did they not see? Not realize? Not draw fateful conclusions? In any event, at the film's end, the animation gives way to newsreel footage of the dead, whose death is inescapable...The film is structured like a conventional documentary, with Folman visiting old army friends and piecing together what they saw and remember. The freedom of animation allows him to visualize what they tell him -- even their nightmares. The title refers to an Israeli soldier losing it and firing all around himself on a street papered with posters of the just-assassinated Lebanese President Bashir Gemayel -- thus, waltzing with Bashir...The debate still continues about the inaction of the Allies in not bombing the rail lines leading to the death camps, although there were bombs to spare for bombing German civilians. Now "Waltz With Bashir" argues that Israel itself is not guiltless in acts of passive genocide, an argument underlined by the disproportionate Israeli response to the provocations of Hamas. We may be confronted here with a fundamental flaw in human nature. When he said "The buck stops here," Harry Truman was dreaming. The buck never stops.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Dubbed & Subtitled, No Longer Produced
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Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer This psycho-thriller, a Golden Globe winner and presumptive favorite for the foreign-film Oscar, itself is revelatory.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly Waltz With Bashir has transcended the definitions of ''cartoon'' or ''war documentary'' to be classified as its own brilliant invention.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune It is personal filmmaking of the highest order, recognized with an Academy Award nomination for best foreign film.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor Waltz With Bashir is a supremely courageous act, not only as a piece of filmmaking, but much more so as a moral testament.

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