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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.
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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…
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…
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…
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.
''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!
Magic Neo-Realism? The proto-Pixar short film? A SAVAGE CRITIQUE ON WHAT IT MEANS FOR US TO EXPLORE OUR INDIVIDUALITY IN A SOCIETY?! A BEAUTIFUL ODE TO THE IMAGINATION AND HOPE?! THE INSPIRATION FOR THAT "Bubble Buddy" EPISODE OF SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS?! A RALLY CALL FOR ALL BALLOONS TO NOT TAKE IT ANYMORE?!
Whatever it is, it's great.
A wonderful uplifting film. A Must See and it's only a little over 30 minutes.
Inspiration for Pixar's Up?
This delightful short film was a multiple-award winner at festivals all over the world and deserved every one of its accolades.
The director's own son plays the little boy who has many adventures with a red balloon he finds tied to a lamp post in a Parisian neighborhood.
Featuring a final scene that was undoubtedly an inspiration for Disney Pixar's Up, this near-silent film is a gem suitable for children of all ages..
It both breaks and warms your heart.
Without hardly any dialogue The Red Balloon captures the imaginations of child and adult alike. A simple tale of friendship and the hardships to keep such a friendship alive. A wonderful piece of cinema.
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That balloon's got personality - personality goes a long way. It might be ten times more charming than that Arnold on Green Acres, you know what I'm sayin'?
So simple. So pure. So beautiful.
I just really disliked this kid?