Waltz With Bashir
Waltz with Bashir is a movie cum documentary that spotlights the struggles of the director, Ari Folman, as he tries to fill the gaps in his memory surrounding the part he may have played during the Lebanese war, in particularl the Sabra and Shatila massacres.
Comparisons with Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis would be easy, especially with both films showing in this year’s festival, but would be an ill founded comparison. Satrapi utalised black and white animation taken directly from her graphic novels where as Waltz features vivid, colourful animation and focuses on re-enacting interviews Folman had with friends who were involved in his unit in the war.
The resulting mixture of conversation and trippy dream sequences piece together the events of that infamous day without really laying the blame at anyone’s feet.
It shows precisely the horrors of war, not only through death and destruction, but also through emotional scarring and guilt experienced by those who survived.
Entertaining it may not be, but Waltz With Bashir is a compelling commentary that will linger in your mind for some time after viewing.