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The Red Balloon (1956)

Le ballon rouge (original title)
Approved | | Short, Comedy, Drama | 11 March 1957 (USA)
A red balloon with a life of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris.

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Georges Sellier ...
Le marchand
Vladimir Popov ...
Un locataire
Paul Perey
Sabine Lamorisse ...
Michel Pezin
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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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Awards: Best Foreign Film (Mexico, 1958). * Gold Medal (Tokyo, 1958) See more »

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The bus Pascal gets on to that is followed by the balloon has red advertisements at the rear for Chantelle. The bus he gets off has yellow/green advertisements for Excel. See more »

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Pascal - le petit garçon: Could you hold my balloon while I'm in school?
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With the cooperation of the balloons of the Paris area. See more »

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References Cangaceiro (1953) See more »

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Wonderful Cinematic Gem

THE RED BALLOON rescued by a small Parisian lad will transform his life in unbelievable ways.

This is a marvelous film, full of love & hope, searing sorrow & overwhelming joy. It is also a classic example of what can be done in a very limited time frame, with a compelling story and genius behind the camera.

The special effects are still entrancing, with wonderful editing & camerawork which turns the byways & alleys of old Paris into the canvas on which this fantasy is painted.

Director Albert Lamorisse's young son, Pascal, is the very fortunate star of this urban fairy tale.

If the tribulations & persecutions of the Red Balloon appear to be a type of Epiphany, that is probably no coincidence.


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