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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.
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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.
Tender, imaginative and profound, The Red Balloon is one of the most beautiful and heartfelt depictions of childhood I've ever seen; Albert Lamorisse's allegorical tale captures the simplicity of being a child [and the sweet possibilities that come from that] perfectly. One of the most special things about this wonderful little film is trying to understand what the titular Red Balloon represents; of course we can explore every frame of the film and give it a new meaning, but I think we'll all see it as a poetic metaphor to the dreams and goals of a child because of how sweet and good-hearted the film is. Plus, the lovely streets of Paris are beautifully shot, supported by a stunning color…
... 'cause this is the most beautiful depiction of childlike wonder, imagination and just all round children. If you haven't ever seen an inanimate object as your very best friend, you are probably a very lonely grown up right now. You probably started having sex before you barely knew what it even was. You obviously started drinking as soon as you knew where you're daddy kept his beer and you were a complete and utter dick to all the kids (and fuck it, probably even all the adults) that showed their healthy sense of imagination. If it wasn't for them, for us, for me, for you, this world would've gone to shit a long time ago!!
Honestly, it already is…
Beautifully shot French short. France matches with color red and blue so perfectly. The story was well-flowed/paced but I wonder why this film had to be 34 minutes. There's only a few dialogues and it's largely symbolic, which makes it universally connected. My only problem with this short was that I wasn't emotionally engaging with the story or character at all. It was delightful and very sweet though.
Simplicity at its finest. Two characters, zero dialogue with a boy and his balloon traveling through the streets of Paris. There are many metaphors within this story because the story is so simple that it can relate to many life situations and relationships. I was recommended to watch this movie by my teacher due to the wonderful composition, and although it has wonderful composition, I enjoyed more the fact that this film captured the streets of Paris during the time. This is a movie that you just need to watch yourself and ask yourself the question of why this movie was good and what makes it a classic. This film captures history and the continuous and universal human emotions.
I watched it in 2013 or 14.. I remember that i wanted to write about it to that special person in the morning.
The most inspiring 30 minutes.
This is a cute, simple little film, but a timeless one with very creative effects. I can see why it's still a cherished favorite even 60 years later.
See neetud õhupall...
Pole kurvemat vaatepilti kui laps, kes on tunnistajaks õhupalli vägivaldsele lõhkemisele. Lamorisse, sadistina, pikendab kõigi noorte vaatajate agooniat hoides kaamerat paigal vaikselt õhust tühjaks jooksval õhupallil, muutes selle tõeliseks surmatantsuks. Arvestades filmi konteksti, oleks see võrdväärne vaatepildiga, kuidas Lassie vaikselt verest tühjaks jookseb.
Igatahes, lummav filmike.
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