Waltz with Bashir

(Ari Folman, 2008). A grim, deeply personal phantasmagoria around the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, Waltz with Bashir is a documentary that seems only possible as an animated feature. Lebanon merges with present-day Israel and memories of World War II. Unresolved guilt is at once individual and socially symptomatic. The movie has a distinctively alienated look (thick-lined, near-monochromatic animation bathed in an eerie yellow light); when, in its final convulsive minutes, Folman goes to graphic TV news footage, he breaks the subjective spell with the full, awful weight of collective memory.
Mon., May 4, 4:30, 6:50 & 9:30 p.m., 2009

 
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