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
The first animated film to be nominated for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. See more »
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 »
What to do? What to do? Why don't you tell us what to do?
How should I know on who? Just shoot!
Isn't it better to pray?
Pray and shoot!
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Originally Performed by The Clique
Written by Dani Dotan (as Dani Dothan)
Composed by Eli Abramov
Performed by Nitzan Rimon
Guitars by Nitzan Rimon
Bass by Dar Nahmias
Drums by Ofer Harrari
Produced and Recorded by Dar Nahmias
Recorded at Ambience Studios, Israel See more »
This film exists on several levels. It is partly a film about combat trauma, memory and repression, partly about the specifics of Israel's role in the Lebanese civil war, and partly about war in general as experienced by soldiers. It was cleverly constructed, moving back and forth from the middle-aged protagonist and his search for his lost memories via contacting old comrades, and the depiction of the actual events during the time of his and their youth. The film is mostly done in animation and uses animation in a very effective way.
I do not believe it is at all relevant what someone's political opinions are in terms of appreciating this film. The film reveals truth through taking the viewer on a journey to the past through the memories of people who witnessed the worst days of the conflict.
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