September 1, 2009

Let Me Sing You A Waltz

As can be expected, the testosterone-driven portion of our populace flocked to see Hollywood's big budget blockbusters this summer. Action fare such as the military inspired G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra or Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds continue to draw in the crowds and ring up ticket sales at the box office. Is escapism of this nature to be the only legacy of war for our youth?

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Our Netflix queue just rewarded us with Waltz with Bashir, Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman's 2008 animated documentary on a soldier's internal struggles with the complexities of war and its unforgiving aftermath ... as well as his journey to remember Sabra and Shatila. 

"One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari Folman 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..."

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There are no heroes in war.

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