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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, this Academy Award-winning short film has enchanted young and old for generations.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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Many would have you believe that The Red Balloon is a sweet children's film about a boy and his friend, a red balloon seemingly with a life of its own. But there's something more sinister at work here.
No, The Red Balloon is actually a metaphor for an abusive relationship between a sexually charged young man and his new trophy girlfriend. He first meets her alone on the street. He initially intends to do waste with her, but she proves to be a loyal girlfriend after his mother (who he lives with because he is socially inept) tries to throw her out. Amazed by this demonstration of loyalty, the boy decides to keep the girl…
“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…
The Good: The concept. The themes. The cinematography. The special effects. The musical score. The editing. The magic. Everything about it is sheer perfection. Endlessly watchable.
The Bad: None.
The Bottom Line: A simple, timeless masterpiece, The Red Balloon is the closest thing to a perfect film that I've ever seen. Essential viewing.
Terrifying sci-fi film about an army of sentient balloons and the psychic child who controls them.
Also, one of the balloons is Jesus.
A mixture of charm and magic is what can best define this short. The colors, the music, the visual effects, everything works fine nele.sem tell that awakens that fantasy and innocence of a child . one short film totally hypnotic.
Imagine not liking this movie.
A beautiful movie in honor of, and about, and with the excitement of childhood.
I know, I know. Too many 5 star movies. But you know, my mind deletes those that I don't like, and this account is recent, so...
Anyway, I watched this yesterday before "Dare mo Shiranai", but I forgot to write about it. This short is beautiful, I loved the contrast between those gray buildings and the red balloon. I kept thinking to myself how incredible is that one element can make a whole environment look beautiful and colorful. Even if that element is a simple red balloon.
The short talks about grown ups and their too narrow minded vision of happiness, envy and friendship. It'd be interesting to watch this with a little kid...
One of the most magical and intoxicating short films ever created about a boy and his red balloon as it's a film that is a must-see for audiences of all ages.
It's a totally hypnotic short. Beautiful photography, perfect soundtrack, not to mention that awakens all that fantasy and innocence of a child, the innocence of this short awakens the soul.
I don't know what balloons represent in this movie, but this little kid stole tons of them from other kids just so he could fly away. That's rude.
That surely was a red balloon.
He leído percepciones que parecen bastante rebuscadas, pero sin duda el globo rojo puede simbolizar un sinfín de cosas, que incluso pueden ser materiales o ideológicas. Como también puede ser un simple globo (con conciencia propia). Pero apartando el tema de lo que es o no es el globo, los chicos que tratan de reventarlo también conciben su propia representación, y esa no es necesariamente tan rebuscada, simplemente el resentimiento y la animosidad de algunos ante la dicha de otros.
Interesante la facilidad con la que Le ballon rouge nos hace sentir lástima y empatía por un globo, me recordó a PIXAR con Luxo Jr.
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