The Animated Horrors of War

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The animated film Waltz With Bashir is a magnificent film that reminded me of the recently adapted graphic novel Persepolis, especially the way in which memoir, history and social turmoil are woven together not only as a compelling narrative form but also because in both works, the primary characters struggle for certainty, meaning and peace in a world of war, conflict and confusion.

The main plot takes place in contemporary Israel, where a man who was an Israeli soldier during the Lebanon/Israel War of the early 1980's sets out on a journey to rediscover his lost memories of the war and to determine what role, if any, he played in the Sabra and Shatila massacres. The film's director and protagonist Ari Folman depicts the war as a horrorific act against humanity, where neither side was innocent of committing atrocities. Winner of many awards in 2008 and nominated for a Best Foreign Film Academy Award, Waltz With Bashir is a haunting and visually rich meditation on memory, war and healing.

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Waltz with Bashir [videorecording]

Posted by Ryan Gage at 09/27/2009 03:36:02 PM | 

I agree, this was a well done animated film. I am glad to see you blogged about it.
Posted by: Kristin ( Email ) at 10/1/2009 10:36 AM

Great write up. I've actually never heard of this film before but you can be sure I'll be checking it out soon.
Posted by: Zac ( Email | Visit ) at 10/6/2009 11:30 AM

I recently watched an interview by Folman about this film. It seems to me that he was superbly honest and courageous to do this movie. I was leery about the animated format at first. Then I realized this isn't a film about graphics and action packed sequences, but rather a movie about a man's search for truth and honest redemption.
Posted by: War Movies ( Email | Visit ) at 3/13/2010 10:15 PM

Very interesting write up. I enjoy your writing and have been reading post after post.
Posted by: Meditation ( Email ) at 3/23/2010 11:36 AM

I will attention here!
Posted by: eve isk ( Email ) at 3/28/2011 10:25 PM

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