Tuesday, 31 March 2009

From real to subconscious to dreams to hallucinations

Ladies & Gentlemen,
On a serious note, isn't there a time or place in your life that you don't have a photograph of that you would like to remember? The link between photography and memory is superficial, and snapshots have always had a liberal connection with reality. Ari Folman's film Waltz with Bashir premiered at Cannes and has since picked up all sorts of awards. The animated feature is a stylized form of depicting a soldier's memory of the horrors of the Lebanese War in 1982. It emphasizes on the subjectiveness of memory as the Israeli director interviews people on the atrocities of war, while moving through the past and present. The whole picture comes together before a denouement that left me completely speechless (don't worry I won't reveal any spoilers!), instantly making it one of my favourite movies of all time. This movie is a powerful statement towards war and displays some terrific artwork to uncover the horrifying truth of the human condition.

Waltz with Bashir was released on dvd on Friday, and I can't wait to get my hands on it!

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