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Waltz with Bashir (2008) *****

Waltz with BashirHorrifyingly honest. I do not know how viewers who have no emotional relation to the Lebanon war would react (though Waltz with Bashir did get a lot of attention and awards, including an Oscar), but for me, as someone who was in the Israeli Navy during that time, it brought up a lot of difficult memories, which correlate well with the plot of the film. What I loved about this movie, unlike many other war-related films, is that it expresses no judgment, no big statements; the film itself is the statement, and one can read it in any way that is right for that viewer. It illustrates better than most movies, the impossible situations war creates – right from the opening scene, with the dogs, and through every act of violence, including, most notably, the Katyusha boy, and the Sabra and Shatila massacre. It is not a film I plan to watch again. It’s just too difficult. But I salute the filmmaker Ari Folman for the way he tells the story.

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    Posted @ 1/9/2013 5:04 AM by Monroe Movie Lover
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    Stunned. Speechless. This is a powerful movie. Its objectivity and lack of judgment IS its power, and the director clearly knows the value of 'less is more.' I had the same depleted, stunned, overwhemed feelings at the end of Deer Hunter, being from that generation with people very close to me involved in the Viet Nam war. It also depicted the unthinkable and "impossible situations war creates" with great force.

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