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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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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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interview | lebanon | dog | lebanon war | army | See more »

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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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Release Date:

12 June 2008 (Israel)  »

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Waltz with Bashir  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$69,055 (USA) (26 December 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

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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Soundtracks

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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