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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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The Red Balloon -- Albert Lamorisse's exquisite The Red Balloon remains one of the most beloved children's films of all time. 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.
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Overview

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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 »
User Reviews:
Mesmerizing! See more (79 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:
First film of singer Renaud, aged three.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: For a brief instant, a wire can be seen attached to balloon as boy waits to cross street. Wire stands out against blue coat of man standing behind him looking on as the boy waits for intersection to clear.See more »
Quotes:
Pascal - le petit garçon:Could you hold my balloon while I'm in school?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Chiavi (2012)See more »

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40 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Mesmerizing!, 17 November 2003
Author: Renaldo Matlin from Oslo, Norway

I wonder, is there any other 30 minute short produced in the history of film that is more enchanting and moving than "Le Ballon rouge"?

The vivid colors and the wonderful use of Paris scenery is only part of the experience, another large part is the touching performance by the director's six year old son Pascal in the lead (how lucky he didn't fall and break his neck in that opening scene where he finds the balloon!). The look on his face in the final scene is every bit as heartbreaking as that of Jackie Coogan in Chaplin's legendary "The Kid". The whole movie is reminiscent of the best Chaplin had to offer, mixed with a little Jacques Tati and a touch of storybook fantasy. On the basis of only *one* *short* film Albert Lamorisse will forever see his name in gold print in the annals of movie history, which is quite an achievement!

It will tear your heart with joy, fascination, sorrow and spellbind you with jubilation in just 30 minutes! A true classic, well deserving of it's screenplay Oscar, only a demon could be cold enough in his heart to dislike it!

Now pleeeaaase; release it on DVD!

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