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 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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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?


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 »


[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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Based on the song "I Bombed Korea"
Originally Performed by Cake
Written by John McCrea
Published by Stamen Music / Wixen Music Publishing Inc
Hebrew Lyrics by Ze'ev Tene
Performed by Ze'ev Tene
Courtesy of Ze'ev Tene
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Political animation of a very high order
7 December 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Animation is not just for children - the French "Persepolis" (about a girl in Iran) made that clear and the Israeli "Waltz With Bashir" (about the invasion of Lebanon) dramatically underlines the point. The Israeli work was written , produced and directed by Ari Folman and is based on his experiences as a soldier and his video of his exploration of the traumatic events some 20 years later. Like any really powerful film, the opening and closing sequences are stunning - but the intervening one and half hours contain so many moving and disturbing images - some simply surreal - that the animation plays in the mind long after the credits have rolled.

The title is a reference to Bashir Gemayel, the newly appointed President of Lebanon, who was assassinated on 14 September 1982 following the Israeli invasion of Lebanon on 6 June 1982. The assassination led the Israeli command to authorise the entrance of a force of approximately 150 Phalangist fighters into the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps, resulting in a massacre of at least 800 civilians. It is this horrific incident that is the emotional heart of the movie and the cause of Folman's mental repression.

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