Waltz With Bashir (Vals Im Bashir)

Vals Im Bashir (2008)
Source: IMDb

What is it?

The 2008 Israeli animated war documentary drama movie Waltz With Bashir (Vals Im Bashir).

What is it about?

This is how Metacritic describes this animated movie:

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.

[Sony Classics]

My Thoughts

I saw this movie back in maybe 2009 at The S6 Hotel in the city of L when I was trying to make a return to college, and I attended the L Technical College for a few days before I had to quit because I failed to find a job during that time.

This was one of several movies that I saw during the two weeks that I was in the city of L staying at motels and hotels looking for jobs and an apartment, signing up for college, attending two or three days of college, et cetera this was one of the movies that I watched at The S6 Hotel on a nice large flat screen TV while maybe drinking a Sangria Señorial soda.

This movie had a very unique animation style, feeling, atmosphere, story telling approach, et cetera to it that was sometimes surreal and emotional; and I have possibly not seen anything like it since.

I do not remember much of this movie, but I do remember it connecting with me on a surreal and emotional level with a standout scene involving a combat scene of a male soldier firing his automatic weapon up high while spinning in circles.

The end,

-John Jr

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