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The Red Balloon (1956)
"Le ballon rouge" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Family, Fantasy, Short  |  11 March 1957 (USA)
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A red balloon with a life of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris.

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Credited cast:
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Pascal - le petit garçon
Georges Sellier ...
Le marchand
Vladimir Popov ...
Un locataire
Paul Perey
Sabine Lamorisse ...
La petite fille au ballon bleu
Michel Pezin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Renée Marion ...
La mère de Pascal
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A boy makes friends with a seemingly sentient balloon, and it begins to follow him. It follows the boy to school, to the bus, and to church. Boy and balloon play together in the streets of Paris and try to elude a gang of boys that wants to destroy the balloon. Written by alfiehitchie

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The film won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, even though it has little dialogue. See more »

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The boy comes up to the front window of a bakery shop and peers in, and we see him eyeing the display of bakery goods. Then the camera position changes so that we see the boy from the inside of the bakery, but from the inside looking out, the selection and arrangement of displayed items is suddenly quite different than what we just saw from the outside view. See more »

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Pascal - le petit garçon: Could you hold my balloon while I'm in school?
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Avec le concours: Des Enfants De Ménilmontant et Des Ballons De La Région Parisiénne (Translation: With the assistance of: The Children of Ménilmontant and The Balloons of the Paris region.) See more »

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An All-time Favorite
6 March 1999 | by (Cleveland, Ohio USA) – See all my reviews

This film is one of my all-time favorites. I consider it a masterpiece, and an emotionally moving experience. As an allegory on the power of love and friendship, it is unsurpassed. Yet one senses deeper, more profound meanings with the balloon as a symbol of the spirit and resilience of life itself, being able to mutate and regenerate itself in an endless flow of passion.


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