Waltz With Bashir is an animated documentary by Ari Folman, a disturbing comment on war and its consequences on both countries and people. It's a journey of self-discovery, cinema as psychoanalysis, a document about the past, a warning for the future: Waltz With Bashir is all those things and much more. It's a unique piece of cinema, unmatched in its seamless mixture of raw power and peculiar visual beauty.
The film story focuses on the first Lebanon war in 1982, particularly on the Sabra and Shatila massacre, in which Palestinian men, women and children were massacred by Christian Phalangists as revenge for the assassination of their leader Bashir Gemayel.
The film is a unique combination of the real and the unreal. When nightmares are dissipated, the deep-buried reality gets back - the massacres in the Palestinian camps become real on screen, and this is the only place where Folman uses fragments of filmed material rather than animation. Without ever leaving the personal and emotional plans, the political statement about a war with no winners is made loud and clear without the need of being explicit.
Finally, the music, which features rock, Bach, Chopin, Schubert and the original score by Max Richter, adds an incredible amount of depth and emotional impact to the film. A really must-see movie!
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