Sunday, 17 January 2010

Film Review: WALTZ WITH BASHIR (2008)

Director: Ari Folman
Running time: 90 mins (approx)
Certificate (UK): 18

Watched on Sky+ Sunday 17th January 2010.


This film has been critically acclaimed and so I was looking forward to seeing what all the fuss is about. It is a documentary style film made using animation to show what is being talked about, a very clever device.

In 1982 the Israeli army invaded Lebanon and took over the city of Beirut. One of the soldiers involved in this operation was the director, Ari Folman. In the years since the invasion he has lost his memory of these events and wants it back. He goes out and interviews old comrades and friends who were there, in the hope that he might get his memories back. What we see on the screen is an animated representation of the events as told by these soldiers.

At times the events are quite surreal and you find yourself thinking that he must be making it up, but I’m assured it’s all true. I did find it quite hard to watch with the dialogue being in Hebrew and having to read the subtitles made it hard to concentrate on the excellent imagery. Talking of which, the animation is really excellent, I can tell a lot of effort was put into this, and it shows.

Over all a very thought provoking film about a rather brutal offensive that ends with some quite disturbing imagery. Definitely not one for the squeamish, but worth watching for the excellent animation. Sorry for the short review, but I think you would get more from watching it for yourself, it’s quite an extraordinary piece.

My score: 7.6/10

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