The red balloon

The red balloon

Le ballon rouge

DVD - 2008 | French
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Pascal is a young French boy who discovers a stray balloon on the streets of Paris that seems to have a mind of its own and begins to follow Pascal everywhere. The two beome inseparable, yet the world's harsh realities finally interfere. A touching allegory of the magic powers of love and friendship.
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2008]
Edition: DVD édition.
ISBN: 9781604650303
1604650303
Branch Call Number: FOREIGN 791.4362 RED
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (34 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Le ballon rouge

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iloveseaotters
May 24, 2019

What you have here are two very different films. The Red Balloon is by far the best. The balloon is definitely the star of the film, giving a bit of color to an otherwise drab setting. Very cute storyline about a boy who finds a rather amazing (and faithful ) balloon. This film is perfect for very young children, because of the lack of dialogue. Balloon adds a bit of drama and suspense before giving us a wonderful and satisfying ending. I was apprehensive about watching White Mane after reading the negative reviews about it, but decided to give it a chance. Its definitely a much different film than Balloon. Mane is shot entirely in black and white and the subject matter is a lot more harsh, with the cowboys constantly chasing after a white horse. I didn't find the fighting scenes quite as bad as I was led to believe, but this is definitely a film for older children. In fact, it moves rather slowly at times and I found myself wondering why this is considered a children's film. Adults should find it interesting and it plays out more like a short foreign film than something that would interest children. Overall, I am giving both films a combination of three stars, but Red Balloon is worthy of four.

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Jtikva
May 02, 2016

The Red Balloon was wonderful and whimsical. Interesting to think about how the special effects were accomplished back in the 50s. I can see why this movie is a classic.
White Mane, on the other hand, was disturbing. Watching the horses fight, especially knowing there wasn't any sort of animal protection during filming back then, was upsetting. The relentless pursuit of this poor animal was also upsetting. I wouldn't recommend it for kids, though The Red Balloon would be fine.

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bobbles1
Apr 23, 2016

Loved this whimsical and shining movie, set largely in the charming culture amid the devastation still prominent in Paris a few years after the war. The little boy ran with his red balloon through fields pockmarked with craters, and among buildings falling to bits, just as I remember London when I was a kid. Innocence triumphs, but not by overcoming evil, rather by escaping it, presenting a dilemma and a decision we all have to make eventually .... as someone said earlier in this thread, redemption is the theme ....... French existentialism at its height ...... White Mane is a similar movie made by the same folks, lovely adventure and ride .....

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1aa
Mar 29, 2016

A sensitive and often funny film, but ultimately about redemption. I was distracted by wondering how they filmed it.

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arbutus
Mar 16, 2016

Saw this as a child (50 yrs ago) it is beautiful beyond description and has not lost it's magic 4 me or any children I introduce it 2. The lack of dialogue adds to the charm and it's universal appeal. It would be a shame 4 any child to miss the opportunity to view this; no matter what their age. A great way 2 spend some rainy day time.

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thebritlass
Jun 16, 2015

The sweet innocence and charm of a bygone age.

d2013 Dec 21, 2014

A wonderful story of a little boy and a red balloon. Great film!

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Libraryman1_0
May 02, 2014

Wonderful and beautiful. A simple story of a boy and his balloon, who at times seems a little more human. Takes time to enable the viewer to invest in the story and it's central characters.

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ms_mustard
Mar 09, 2013

a magical tale of the lure of a red balloon.

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étoile
Mar 13, 2010

There are hardly any words spoken in this film; however, it is a beautiful and poignant tribute to childhood and friendship, despite the violence and cruelty of the world.

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