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

R  |   |  Animation, Biography, Drama  |  12 June 2008 (Israel)
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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:
Himself (voice)
Ori Sivan ...
Himself - Interviewee (voice)
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 ...
Himself - Interviewee (voice)
Mickey Leon ...
Boaz Rein-Buskila (voice) (as Miki Leon)
Yehezkel Lazarov ...
Carmi Cna'an (voice)


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

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Release Date:

12 June 2008 (Israel)  »

Also Known As:

Waltz with Bashir  »

Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£113,087 (UK) (21 November 2008)


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

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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Anonymous soldier: What to do? What to do? Why don't you tell us what to do?
Ari Folman: Shoot!
Anonymous soldier: On who?
Ari Folman: How should I know on who? Just shoot!
Anonymous soldier: Isn't it better to pray?
Ari Folman: Pray and shoot!
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Referenced in At the Movies: Summer Special 2008/09 (2008) See more »


Written and Performed by Max Richter
Published by Mute Song Ltd
Courtesy of Fatcat Records
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Perhaps the best film of 08.
26 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Waltz with bashir is something that is hard to forget, while the images grab you first it is the wonderful story and direction here that keeps things at a high level.While the flashback scenes are much better then the real time stuff, there is really no flaw to this film for 90 minutes and that is really saying something in today's film world where perfection is low.I wouldn't say this movie is the best of the year by far, but it could be argued and the movie has some of the most wonderful scenes I have seen in any film including a waltz with gunfire that is oh so memorable.Or the iconic image of men in the ocean looking to the sky, the soundtrack is wonderful with music from Bach and you really feel like there was good writers, directors and producers on this whole thing that made it moving, original and something to really spend some time watching.

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