Waltz with Bashir

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Ari Folman
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 44 wins & 58 nominations.
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90 min

We don't go places

where we really don't want to.

A human mechanism

prevents us from entering dark places.

Memory takes us

where we need to go.

See all that?

It's all mine.

All of it?

From those trees to the river.

It all belongs to you.

- Yes, and the house.

It's about 10 acres.

All that just from selling falafel?

- Just from falafel.


- Come and see.

How much falafel did you sell?

- Three years was enough.

In the early '90s

I had a small stand in Utrecht.

Health food was in fashion.

The Middle East too...

Falafel is both healthy

and Middle Eastern.

Everyone thought you'd become

a nuclear physicist.

Who did?

I don't know, your family,

my family, our school friends.

They thought that by the age of 40

you'd be nominated for a Nobel prize.

By 20 that future was over.


Cold? I'm freezing!

- Let's go inside.

We have to talk all that way?

It's funny you've showed up now.


- When you called...

I had just gone out with my son Thomas.

He's seven.

He was playing with a toy gun

and started asking questions.

"What did you do in the army?

Ever shoot anyone?"

Did you?

- I don't know.

Let's go inside and warm up.

Would you mind if I sketch

you and your son playing in the snow?


Not at all. Draw as much as you like.

I'll fetch him.

It's fine as long as you draw,

but don't film.

As strange as it sounds,

we were transported to war

on a little "Love Boat"

leased by the army or God knows what.

They wanted to mislead the enemy

and launch a surprise attack.

What do you mean a "Love Boat"?

With jacuzzis and bars?

All of that?

- That's how I imagined it.

I later found out it was

just an old commando boat.

For 18 you seemed pretty bright to me.

I never took you for a fighter.

Frankly, it was important to me

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Ari Folman

Ari Folman (Hebrew: ארי פולמן) (born December 17, 1962) is an Israeli film director, screenwriter and film score composer. He is perhaps best known for directing his animated documentary film Waltz With Bashir as well as directing the live-action/animated film The Congress. He currently plans to direct an animated drama film based on the life of Anne Frank during the Holocaust. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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