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Waltz with Bashir (2008)
"Vals Im Bashir" (original title)

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An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.

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Complete credited cast:
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Ori Sivan ...
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Ronny Dayag ...
Himself - Interviewee (voice)
Shmuel Frenkel ...
Himself - Interviewee (voice)
Zahava Solomon ...
Herself - Interviewee (voice) (as Prof. Zahava Solomon)
Ron Ben-Yishai ...
Himself - Interviewee (voice)
Dror Harazi ...
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Mickey Leon ...
Boaz Rein-Buskila (voice) (as Miki Leon)
Yehezkel Lazarov ...
Carmi Cna'an (voice)
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One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. Every night, the same number of beasts. The two men conclude that there's a connection to their Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War of the early eighties. Ari is surprised that he can't remember a thing anymore about that period of his life. Intrigued by this riddle, he decides to meet and interview old friends and comrades around the world. He needs to discover the truth about that time and about himself. As Ari delves deeper and deeper into the mystery, his memory begins to creep up in surreal images. Written by intlpress@aol.com

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We may forget the past, but the past won't forget us. [Theatrical trailer.]


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Rated R for some disturbing images of atrocities, strong violence, brief nudity and a scene of graphic sexual content | See all certifications »

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12 June 2008 (Israel)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£113,087 (UK) (21 November 2008)

Gross:

$2,283,276 (USA) (8 May 2009)
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Trivia

Artist David Polonsky is right handed, but did most of the illustration for this film with his left hand, as he felt that his original drawing were 'too pretty.' See more »

Goofs

The song used in the film, "This Is Not A Love Song" by Public Image Ltd., came out in 1983, even though the war and the massacres depicted in the film happened in 1982. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Ari Folman: After the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, I lost my memory. Now in order to remember, I am looking for those who can never forget.
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Enola Gay
Written by Andy McCluskey (as Andrew McCluskey)
Performed by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (as OMD)
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd
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Very good movie
12 June 2008 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

I just came back from watching the movie. I found it interesting and unique. The animation in the film is magnificent and enables the director to really "go wild" with his ideas, without having to be "chained" to what reality filming can give him. The main Character, is on a journey, trying to collect as many memories as he can of the time when he was a young soldier, at war. This journey is so well done, touching, interesting. The man, Ari, slowly revels his past, and we follow him, to an amazing trip down memory lane. Memories that were hidden for too long. An amazing movie that makes you think about life, people, and the complexity of war.


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