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The Red Balloon (1956) - Plot Summary Poster

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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. Winner of the Best Original Screenplay Oscar, and there is almost no dialog spoken in the film.

    - Written by alfiehitchie
  • In Paris, a French schoolboy makes friends with a red balloon and vice-versa, with the balloon following him around like a pet. It stays out of the reach of other would-be captors, but a gang of boys destroys it eventually. Then other balloons of various sizes and colors descend on the boy from all parts of Paris, and together they lift him into the sky and take him away over the horizon.

    - Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>
  • A red balloon with a life of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris.

    - Written by Joshua Bond <jdbond@mit.edu>

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