This is easily the most unique film that I have seen in quite some time, and it takes its uniqueness and uses it as a tool to create a beautiful, harrowing, and unforgettable experience. Think about, for a moment, the premise of the film. It is an animated recreation of a filmmakers interviews with his fellow veterans and friends from the Lebanon war of 1982. The film follows its director as he sought after lost and repressed memories of his regarding the war. He gained more and more of his memory as he heard the experiences of others in the war.
Although the plot of the film may not sound incredibly interesting don’t let that stop you from viewing a true masterpiece. The flashbacks that you witness and the interviews that are taken mesh together in such a seamless fashion that supplies a wonderful watching experience. One of the great features of the film is the directors choice of having it be animated. Not only does this allow him to show his talent as an artist but it also supplies some of the most beautiful images that I have seen in a film. Besides those two reasons, there is also one more reason that I am glad that this film was animated and it wasn’t something I realized until the final several minutes of the film. (Spoilers, kind of) The film ends with real life footage of the massacres that took place during the war. These images are brutal and disturbing, more so than anything else that I have seen in a while. It is those few images that will make you glad that he made it animated.
It is hard to comment on the acting and the writing in a film like this considering, well, it’s a documentary so there is no writing or acting. Everything you hear is straight from the mouths of the real men who fought. Although I will comment on the animation of this film again. Just incredible. The images of the flares in the sky and the three men emerging from the water in a yellow and black world will stay with me for a long time. It truly is beautiful.
I also want to comment on one scene in particular, the scene that gives the film its name. (Spoilers) In one of the films scenes you have an account of this one man talking about he and his men got stuck due to sniper fire coming from the roofs of the buildings across the street. The man who is being interviewed went and grabbed one of his mens large machine guns and ran out shooting. In that moment, rather than shooting, he started to dance in a way as he spun around with bullets flying. That scene with stay with me for a long time, as will its beauty.