12 January 2009

Waltz With Bashir

...won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film! Directed and written by Ari Folman, this animated documentary tells the story of Folman, who goes on an investigative and eye-opening journey to reclaim the memories he had lost, memories specifically dealing with the Lebanon War in 1982 and the Sabra and Shatila Massacre. His only "memory" is that of he and his two other comrades floating and bathing by the seaside in Beirut before flares descend onto the city.

Animated using a combination of computer animation and frame-by-frame, (not rotoscoping as I had hoped but still delightfully pleased), Waltz With Bashir offers history novices like myself a surreal look at the travesty of war and the suffering of those who can still relive those memories, and for those who cannot.

Though definitely not a date movie, artists and historians alike will surely appreciate how the subject matter is portrayed throughout the film. Superb. 4.5 out of 5 stars, 90 minutes. (Some people walked out during the film--how rude! It's a documentary, so you have to keep in mind the slow pace of the film.)

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