Sunday, 5 March 2017

Adaptation & Professional Practice Film Review - Waltz With Bashir (2008)

Israeli film maker Ari Foleman wrote, directed and stars in the autobiographic animated film 'Waltz With Bashir' (2008). It follows the 1982 invasion of Lebanon and the animation recreates events told by soldiers re-collecting the event to someone who has had a lapse in memory in regards to the war. It won Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film, an NSFC Award for Best Film and other prestigious awards.

The film begins with an old associate of a Ari Foleman getting into contact with him over a very perculair dream, one that is described to be fabricated from an experience his contact had in the war. From this recreation it drives Foleman's obsession to discover his memories and understand the strange dream he is also having.

From start to finish the animation is crisp, clear and the animators make sense of the conversion from 2d to 3d. It is presented rather clever, even the transitions from animation to existing camera footage is seemingless and doesn't interrupt the feel of the film. I would recommend this film to people who would be interested to learn a different interpretation towards the war against Palestinians from a soldiers perspective view, also those who prefer animations to be presented in a 'Walking Dead Graphic Novelist Style'

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