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The Red Balloon
In this deceptively simple, nearly wordless tale, a young boy discovers a stray balloon, which seems to have a mind of its own, on the streets of Paris. The two become inseparable, yet the world’s harsh realities finally interfere. With its glorious palette and allegorical purity, the Academy Award–winning The Red Balloon has enchanted movie lovers, young and old, for generations.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
“Fly away, balloon!”
Little Pascal (Pascal Lamorisse) is bullied. By his peers, by his grandmother, by his headmaster. The world, a towering and imposing place, bears down on this wee lad. He needs a friend.
The balloon is abandoned. Tied to a lamppost by some thoughtless passerby. A bright spot against a damp, grey world. It could liberate, giving flight to one’s fancies, if only one would notice. It needs a friend.
Albert Lamorisse’s The Red Balloon is as magical a film as the heart has ever seen. Pascal, walking to school one morning, frees the balloon from its curbside stanchion and finds himself enamored as only a child can be. And the balloon, in return, is grateful and sticks…
I have heard and read about The Red Balloon for years but tonight was the first time that I had watched it. This 34 minute short that only has a few lines of dialogue, actually won a Best Writing, Best Screenplay - Original Oscar. The movie is about a boy and his magic balloon. I had a smile on my face for almost the entire movie...as I enjoyed the story while trying to figure how they filmed the balloon parts. I never thought that a French film made in 1956 would get me thinking..."My little girls would love this movie...I wish they were not sleeping because we would watch it right now"...but this is how it is with The Red Balloon....my third 5 star movie that I have watched in 2013....track down and watch this wonderful movie....it will only take 34 minutes out of your busy life....but it is worth the time.
Review In A Nutshell:
Maybe I'm just not intellectual enough to understand or appreciate this film. I found this film to be so highly ambiguous that I was left distant the entire time. It wasn't until 30 minutes in that I gained some sort of idea of what the metaphor for the balloon is, and what I came up with felt highly far-fetched. I gained this idea that the balloon was a representation of the child's uniqueness and because of its out-there quality that the majority of society are intimidated and want it gone. The common theory that people have come up with revolves around the metaphor of innocence, but I wasn't able to feel this at all. On a…
“Could you hold my balloon while I'm in school?”
Having a red balloon fly through the gray-filled landscapes of the long-lost neighborhood of Belleville is one gorgeous visual element.
This thirty-four minute wonder follows the adventures of a young boy who one day finds a sentient, mute, red balloon. The boy accepts his new friend and together they have fun in the streets of Paris. The Red Balloon centers around his joys, his hopes, disappointments, and conflicts; the way it's told is truly captivating. This isn't a silent film, however; it has tremendously small amounts of dialogue. The film displayed plenty of haunting and powerful frames that will stay in my mind for days to come.
Albert Lamorisse's The Red…
''Could you hold my balloon while I'm in school?''
A precious jewel and the stuff of dreams!
How the hell did filmmaker Albert Lamorisse tear my heart out over the plight of a shiny red helium balloon, and then put it back in it's place with the glorious ending that surely inspired the Pixar team with a certain 2009 film. I was constantly perplexed at how they pulled this off in 1956 and am glad I made the wise decision to experience it for the first time with my family - my children were spellbound by it!
This is the magic of cinema in 34 minutes!
What a delightful gem!
An inconsequential object becomes an adorable companion,a non conformist,a lovable prankster, a parable of Good Vs Evil and ultimately is young at heart.
Beautiful and Magical :-)
The film is beautiful up until the main character walks into his home and the balloon comes alive. I detached from the film because the magic of the balloon detracted from the beauty of a boy interested in an irrational inanimate object. It makes his care for the balloon less important because the balloon is now special, having a life of its own. On an artistic level, after that moment, the director sacrificed artistry for storytelling, placing into the film repetitive and stale images, merely in place to fill the story. The glorious saturated images were severely diluted by these.
I enjoy the close ups of the boy, like the shot of him in the detention window. I love the backward tracking shot of the main character running with the balloon down the street after he is not allowed on the bus. I like the close up take of the boys fighting while they have the balloon captured.
I'm not sure if this is historically accurate, but it feels like the first - and best - time a film has gone for the "OHMYGODITSSOCUTE" thing... and it actually works here because it creates a wonderful little innocent atmosphere
A gorgeous ode to innocence and imagination, The Red Balloon is a film of simple, charming perfection.
Un mélange entre un Pixar et un Jacques Tati qui peut plaire à beaucoup, petit comme grand.
The Red Balloon is a heartwarming, cute, and colorful short story that everyone should watch at least once. While there isn't much dialogue, the score lets us feel what the characters are feeling. A lot of effort must have been taken to "direct" the red balloon to move precisely where it needs to move, and the entire end sequence seems very difficult to pull off in 1956. Also, since it is only 34 minutes long, there should be no reason not to watch it once.
The Red Balloon is a magical movie. It's a story of friendship and joy.
A little boy finds an abandoned red balloon, which has a life of its own. It follows the boy around throughout the city. In just 30 short minutes, with very little dialogue, it manages to tell a magical story. The movie looks great and the soundtrack is incredible.
I cannot recommend this enough!
Never mind the fact that this is far and away the last movie that would ever win an Original Screenplay prize at the Oscars today, The Red Balloon is an absolute masterpiece. Visually it's a triumph -- the way Paris is shot in this almost grey, washed out tinge with the redness of the balloon perfectly balancing out the bleak backgrounds. Not to mention the incredible way writer/director Albert Lamorisse was able to create a character out of an inanimate object both with its connection to the boy and the way in which he used practical effects to achieve a wonderfully playful sentient being. With virtually no dialogue, it's an excellent example of how to structure, pace and advance a story without the unnecessary bulk. It's just one of the most uplifting, inspiring and beautifully simple stories with one of the most magical endings I've certainly ever seen. Such a joy to watch.
Saw this when I was a kid back in the 70's during school while living in Florida. This film still holds up very well.
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