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Waltz with Bashir (2008)

Vals Im Bashir (original title)
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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Ori Sivan ...
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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Boaz Rein-Buskila (voice) (as Miki Leon)
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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.]


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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12 June 2008 (Israel)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$69,055, 28 December 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,283,276, 10 May 2009
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Contrary to common perception, there is no rotoscope work in this film. The production team did shoot live action footage, but this was then used as references for the film's storyboards. The storyboards were then redrawn as digital paintings, which were manipulated with Flash animation. See more »

Goofs

When Ori grabs a cup on his kitchen table, his thumb goes straight through instead of clasping around it (error in animation). See more »

Quotes

Himself - Interviewee: Memory is dynamic, it's alive. If some details are missing, memory fills the holes with things that never happened.
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Connections

Features Ms. Pac-Man (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

This Is Not A Love Song
Written by John Lydon, Keith Levene and Martin Atkins
Performed by Public Image Ltd. (as PIL)
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd, Warner Chappell Music Ltd and Complete Music Ltd
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd
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Perhaps the best film of 08.
26 January 2009 | by 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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