Disillusioned with his life in the suburbs of segregated Beirut, Omar's unusual discovery lures him into the depth of the city. Immersed into a world that is so close yet so isolated from his reality, he finds himself struggling to keep his attachments, his sense of home.
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★★★★ review by ScreeningNotes on Letterboxd
Surreal, enigmatic portrait of a young man feeling lost and listless and finding some sort of escape with a new group of friends—but at a psychological price.
Easily my favorite of the animated shorts. Waves '98 is brave and ambitious with the amount of ambiguity it presents (the director also smartly refused to explain the symbolism in the film). I certainly couldn't explain what it all "means" without watching it several more times (and perhaps without getting to know the filmmaker himself), but I got a stronger sense of the character and his emotional/psychological state than any other short.
There's also a creative mix of animation with live action, and some of the shots of the city are show-stoppingly gorgeous.
Not sure where you'll be able to find this outside of Sundance for now, but definitely worth keeping your eyes out for this one.
★★★★ review by Kathleen Bu on Letterboxd
Amazing visual mix of animation & real life. An emotional story that almost everyone can relate too about feeling stuck in a world that repeats cycles over and over again. Beautiful, haunting, mesmerising. Everyone should watch this.
★★★½ review by Dylan on Letterboxd
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★★★★ review by Tom Samaroden on Letterboxd
Despair and hope can so often lead from one to another, sometimes with one smashing the other to pieces. Quite an enchanting short from Ely Dagher, The animation and photography alone is gorgeous and worth it for a view.
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