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Le ballon rouge
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The Red Balloon (1956) More at IMDbPro »Le ballon rouge (original title)

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Director:
Writer:
Albert Lamorisse (written by)
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Release Date:
11 March 1957 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A red balloon with a life of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 5 wins See more »
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we were shown this film in school, but did you fear the emotions? See more (80 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Pascal Lamorisse ... 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
Renaud ... Le jumeau en rouge (uncredited)
David Séchan ... L'autre jumeau en rouge (uncredited)

Directed by
Albert Lamorisse 
 
Writing credits
Albert Lamorisse (written by)

Produced by
Albert Lamorisse .... producer
 
Original Music by
Maurice Leroux  (as Maurice Le Roux)
 
Cinematography by
Edmond Séchan 
 
Film Editing by
Pierre Gillette 
 
Production Management
Michel Pezin .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edmond Agabra .... assistant director
André Fontaine .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Pierre Vuillemin .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pierre Goupil .... assistant camera
Pierre Goupil .... associate camera operator
 
Other crew
Reinie Bource .... script supervisor
Lise Haas .... production secretary
Claire Viroulaud .... press attache: 2007
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le ballon rouge" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
34 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | France:U | South Korea:All | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:0 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:0 (canton of Vaud) | UK:U (DVD rating) | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
This film had one of the largest non-theatrical runs in the history of American cinema. Thousands of 16-millimeter prints were distributed to schools across the country.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Pascal - le petit garçon:Could you hold my balloon while I'm in school?See more »
Movie Connections:
Remade as Scope (2004)See more »

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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
we were shown this film in school, but did you fear the emotions?, 29 August 2005
Author: messinaguzman from san francisco bay area

Wow, I thought of this film recently and remember it fondly. So, I looked it up on IMDb, hoping that this hadn't been a dream, and that it really existed. I wish I could see this film again today.

A little boy is chosen by a red balloon, which colours his otherwise dreary, grey days. I was shown this film in class in kindergarten (late '70s) and again in grade school, I believe. When I first saw it, it was with a rather existential, perhaps detached, view of it. Not much reaction, really. I didn't quite know what to make of it. Fortunately, I didn't rely on a little gang of pals to tell me what to think about it. I had never seen anything like it. It struck me that it was foreign. I liked that about it. The foreignness intrigued me, also the fact that it was old. It always impressed me how kids wore little grown-up shoes in '50s Europe. The quietness of the little boy, Pascal, also had a profound impact on me. I never understood the need for us kids in the U.S. to constantly yak about endless bull**** in order to feel secure. We never enjoy the silence. This carries on into adulthood. There's meaningless small talk, endless jibber jabber, all in an effort to hide, behind voluminous verbiage, our true sensitive selves from the big bad world. There's an existentialist problem for you. If there are any xenophobic misgivings against "the French," it's because they've long faced the human condition in a way that we as "Americans" are far too infantile as a culture to do; and, at this point, far too stunted with cultural arrested development to ever hope to do so.

I suppose the cruel little boys in the film symbolised the barbaric/insensitive "American" sensibility which I had grown used to. And the story the film conveys through such brilliant, yet simple, symbolism illumines such a range of themes—from xenophobia, alienation, solitude and introspection to friendship, loyalty and sacrifice. Simply brilliant. This film probably taught me more than a handful of my first years of schooling combined. By the time I saw this film the second time my eyes were filled with wonder and, toward the end of the film, welled over with tears.

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