As I mentioned in a recent iPOP for iW, “Waltz With Bashir” director Ari Folman‘s appropriately misspoke at an NYC Q & A recently, calling his movie thera-poetic (rather than therapeutic). Precisely.
Likely to end up on my Top 10 of 2009, “Bashir” (as I recently wrote) is an artfully animated documentary in which he comes to grips with broken memories of the atrocities the Israeli army perpetuated during the early 80s Lebanon War. Timely and topical, it opened in theaters this weekend. Check it out.
In a recent iW interview, Folman discussed the “universal resonance” of a film about the suppression of memory:
Everyone has gone through some event in life that they chose deliberately to forget. It doesn’t have to be such an extreme event as war, it could be a broken heart, a loss of family when you were young. You could go down in the street and choose anyone at random, and something occurred to him in life, and he decided, I don’t want to deal with it, I’ll just go on. Which is probably good.