Best Movies by Farr

Waltz with Bashir

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What's it About

When an old Israeli Defense Forces friend recounts a nightmare in which he’s pursued by a pack of ravenous wild dogs, filmmaker Ari Folman decides it must be related to an incident in September 1982, when Lebanese Christian militias massacred thousands of Palestinians as the IDF stood by, doing nothing. Realizing that his memories of that grim occasion have been erased, he travels around Israel, interviewing old acquaintances and former soldiers about what, exactly, happened.

Why we love it

Folman’s expertly hand-animated, Oscar-nominated documentary is a memoir of sorts, mixing evocative personal reverie and candid recorded interviews to revisit an infamous event known as the Sabra/Shatila massacre. But it is more than a former soldier’s inner war diary: it’s a meditation on the curious operation of memory by a man attempting to excavate his own repressed psychological distress. Vital, vivid, and sobering, you’ve never seen another film quite like “Waltz.”  

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BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"