Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Waltz With Bashir

This is a fantastic movie. A true story about an Israeli man trying to recover lost memories of his time in the military during a brutal massacre in Lebanon. It's also beautifully animated. Using animation for a documentary could have been gimmicky but it is used perfectly, and is actually key to making the movie work. While some documentaries take turns cutting between interviews and staged reenactments (which don't always fit together visually), the animation makes everything feel like a whole. It gives greater weight to scenes that may have felt artificial otherwise, which is important since many of the scenes are representations of the narrator's memories and dreams. I'm so glad other countries understand animation isn't just for children.

I highly recommend checking this one out.

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