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The Red Balloon (1955)

Cast: Sabine Lamorisse, Pascal Lamorisse
Director: Albert Lamorisse
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Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Kids, Live Action, France, Short Films
Running Time: 42 min.

One of the most famous short films ever made, and winner of an Academy Award, The Red Balloon is a childhood fantasy with appeal for viewers of every age. It is the story of Pascal, a lonely French boy who befriends a wondrous red balloon which follows him everywhere--to school and church--and even hovers outside his window when he is in his room. Filmed entirely in the picturesque back streets and narrow alleys of Old Montmartre, the film has been acclaimed through the world as an immortal masterpiece of lyrical poetry. The Red Balloon is both a beguiling fantasy and a touching allegory on the magic powers of love and friendship.

Also includes a bonus cartoon called "The Pincushion Man"

GreenCine Member Reviews

Classic children's film; unclassy DVD transfer by underdog July 24, 2003 - 6:03 PM PDT
12 out of 12 members found this review helpful
When I was a tot of about seven, my parents gave me this book called "The Red Balloon," which was full of lovely photographs telling the story of a little boy about my age who keeps a red balloon as a pet. It wasn't until a few years later that I became aware of the fact that The Red Balloon was first a short film, made twenty years earlier, by a gifted French filmmaker named Albert Lamorisse. The film won an Academy Award in 1956 but became harder to find over the years, destined for burial deep in our subconscious, a wayward dream of a fading memory. Now Lamorisse?s film has been released onto DVD, and the film itself is once again a joy to behold. The print, however, is terribly disappointing, seems like any of us could have done better if we had taken the master print ourselves and used a home desktop transfer system. But it isn't so terrible that you can't still enjoy the vibrant colors, the bright red of the balloon, and the nearly wordless story that relies on an amazing soundscape. This is one the most evocative depictions of the loneliness of childhood, and if it was a part of your own you should check it out again for a trip down memory lane, and if you have kids, I strongly urge you to share it with them; hopefully they?ll be too young to gripe about the DVD and just appreciate the film itself.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 7.46)
57 Votes
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not on netf**x
unique to GC and mainstream enough that NF should have it.
By the time I was 12...
These all had a big impact on me when I was a kid. Most are great, some are schlock. But I have a soft spot for them all - horror, musicals, and syrupy sweetness!

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