Film Review: Waltz With Bashir
Ari Folman's animated documentary of Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon is perfectly surreal.
In 1982, filmmaker Ari Folman served as a foot soldier in the Israeli Defense Forces during his country's invasion of southern Lebanon. For more than two decades, he buried his memories of the conflict—until an old comrade in arms named Boaz told Folman about his strange recurring nightmares. Every night, Boaz said, 26 wild dogs raced through his dreams, one for each of the real dogs he'd shot so as not to alert the enemy during a nighttime mission. Inspired by his friend's story, Folman tracked down and interviewed his fellow soldiers and pieced together this haunting animated documentary.