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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?''
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!
Someone get Albert Lamorisse back from the dead so I can give him a huge kiss. Honestly, first this man creates Risk, one of the most fucking awesome board games ever, and then The Red Balloon, an absolutely captivating and perfect portrayal of shattered innocence.
So much said with so little words, this 34 minute short impressively packs plenty of rich subtext, notably the endearing symbolism of innocence through simple balloons, and how after each generation, the wondrous and free spirit of a child is crushed by our mundane world, under the banner "common sense".
These are just collective opinions/values we are expected to hold by the age of 18, some more harmful then…
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.
A heartwarming little film which successfully tugs at your heart and strikes you down with a bout of potent nostalgia. Capturing the essence and wonder of childhood through this almost silent short, Albert Lamorisse expertly tells the story of a sentient balloon and a kid.
Their tiny adventures which happen along the gray streets of Paris are a delight to experience, and as pleasantly surprised as I was to learn of the fact that this is the only short film in history to ever win the Academy Award for Writing I had no trouble believing it. This film indeed deserves that rare accolade.
Here's to the lure of childhood and the magic of simplicity. Masterful stuff!
Simply the best children's movie ever made. This movie dances on air, like its title character. It is full of wonder, beauty, and hope. I found myself entranced by the opening moments and impacted emotionally by the closing ones.
Part of what makes this movie work so well is the subtle realization that the young boy who befriends a red balloon lives in poverty. Every day he goes to school, carrying his meager satchel and wearing the same ugly grey sweatsuit. The streets near his tenement are dingy, cold, and grey. It's no wonder he takes so well to the balloon; it is the most colorful thing in his otherwise drab world. As he spends time with his latex friend,…
Pascal, a young school boy finds a red balloon whilst on his way to school in Paris.
He soon learns that this is no ordinary balloon and they strike up the unlikeliest of friendships.
Despite not having much of a script I found myself drawn in by the story, so much so I think I smiled to myself through most of it.
Unfortunately all good things come to an end and the friendship is destroyed by jealousy and greed, to which I was saddened very much.
Asked my three-year-old daughter what she wanted to watch this morning... She chose this, and made her daddy very happy.
Albert Lamorisse's 'The Red Balloon' is a work of art, actually, it's a masterpiece.
The film should be on display at the Louvre, right next to the Mona Lisa on constant playback.
The use of colour is simply breath-taking and I honestly cannot believe this film was made in 1956.
Amongst the dullish grey streets of Paris, we see a vibrancy of red floating through the streets that makes your spirit soar.
The film opens with a walloping image of Paris, and we are introduced to a young boy (Pascal Lamorisse) who finds a balloon tethered in the street. A bond is instantly formed and we witness some amazing scenes of two new friends running through the streets with great…
When was the last time you've given the whole affection to any others? A beautiful nostalgia of infancy about love, braveness and dream.
Delightful! Lamorisse gives each shot great depth and the choice to never go inside (almost never at least, I believe there's one shot looking out the bakery at the boy) is curious. It pays off, by making the boy untethered, a sort of simple spirit wandering Paris. Paris has rarely looked as attractive as it has here, by the by. Anyhow this is slight and while its simplicity makes it a great work to relax to—one for all ages—it means it's not quite sturdy enough to support some of the loftier readings I've seen, which now appear to be hot air. *cough* It does work as a defense of the charm of magical realism, and that is quite enough.
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