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

for a pretty practical reason.

I felt like everyone else

was screwing like rabbits,

and that I was the only...

How can I put it?

The only nerd good at chess and Math

but with masculinity problems.

So I had to prove to everyone

that I was the best fighter

and some big hero.

Did you succeed?

Yes, surprisingly enough.

I felt that I was strong and capable.

Then the war started and

they put us on that damned "Love Boat".

Then I..

- You what?

I puked like a pig!

I wondered what the enemy would think.

I finally collapsed on deck

and fell asleep.

I sleep when I'm scared.

To this day,

I escape into sleep and hallucinate.

Unconscious on the deck,

dreaming a woman would come

and take me for the first time,

I saw my best friends

go up in flames before my eyes.


- On the boat.

I woke up just before we docked.

It's dawn, and we're in a city.

Which city?

- How should I know?

Sidon, I think.

Out of pure fear and anxiety

we start shooting like lunatics.

At whom?

- How do I know?

Then an old Mercedes drives up.

Everyone fires at it like crazy.

Two years of training,

and the fear,

the uncontrollable fear...

Then the silence.

The terrible silence of death.

At daybreak

we could see our destruction,

without knowing where we were.

Lying in the car...

What was in the car?

The bodies of a whole family.

Why did you come here?

Me? I...

I lost my memory.

In an accident?

- What?

Did you have an accident?

- What do you mean?

In a car or at work?

No, I didn't have an accident.

I just can't remember anything

about the Lebanon War.

Just one image in my mind.

Somehow you're in it.

What image?

Were you there too?

It's hard to say.

What do you mean?

Were you there?

It's hard to say.

I don't remember anything

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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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