The White Balloon (1995)
"Badkonake sefid" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Family  |  27 November 1995 (Spain)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 4,386 users  
Reviews: 32 user | 22 critic

Several people try to take advantage of a little girl's innocence to hustle money her mom gave to her to buy a goldfish with.



, (original idea), 1 more credit »
0Check in
5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

An 8 year old boy must return his friend's notebook he took by mistake, lest his friend be punished by expulsion from school.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Stars: Babek Ahmed Poor, Ahmed Ahmed Poor, Kheda Barech Defai
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Mohammad, a boy at Tehran's institute for the blind, waits for his dad to pick him up for summer vacation. While waiting, he realizes a baby bird has fallen from its nest: he chases away a ... See full summary »

Director: Majid Majidi
Stars: Hossein Mahjoub, Mohsen Ramezani, Salameh Feyzi
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

After a boy loses his sister's pair of shoes, he goes on a series of adventures in order to find them. When he can't, he tries a new way to "win" a new pair.

Director: Majid Majidi
Stars: Mohammad Amir Naji, Amir Farrokh Hashemian, Bahare Seddiqi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Mohammad-Ali Talebi
Stars: Jairan Abadzade, Shirin Bina, Masume Eskandari
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The story happens in an old house in an old city of Iran. Because of the wedding of the youngest sister, Pasandide, all of her sisters come to their old house to help their mother.

Director: Reza Mirkarimi
Stars: Reza Kianian, Negar Javaherian, Farhad Aslani
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The story is about the world of a small family with familiar dreams and not so remarkable problems. The mother is trying to lead everything to save her family, but small events disarrange all her plans.

Director: Bahram Tavakoli
Stars: Saber Abar, Negar Javaherian, Fatemah Motamed-Aria
Agha Yousef (2011)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A man is living with his only daughter and does everything he can for a living and for his daughter s sake hoping she is his forever. But a misunderstanding makes everything really complicated for him.

Director: Ali Rafie
Stars: Saber Abar, Pegah Ahangarani, Shahrokh Foroutanian
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Kiumars Poorahmad
Stars: Khosro Shakibai, Afsaneh Bayegan, Parvindokht Yazdanian
Sakhteman pezeshkan (2011–2012)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The story revolves around Nima Afshar a psychologist, getting underestimated by his family and colleagues constantly,and failing at all his attempts to have a place amongst doctors and society.

Stars: Bizhan Banafshekhah, Hooman Barghnavard, Shaghayegh Dehghan
Kolah Ghermezi 88 (TV Series 2009)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Stars: Amir Soltan Ahmadi, Manuchehr Azari, Pantea Bahram
Pedar salar (1994–1995)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Stars: Kamand Amirsoleimani, Siamak Atlassi, Jafar Bozorgi
Pezhman (2012–2013)
Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

It's about a former soccer player's life and problems

Stars: Bizhan Banafshekhah, Shaghayegh Dehghan, Sam Derakhshani


Cast overview, first billed only:
Aida Mohammadkhani ...
Mohsen Kafili ...
Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy ...
Anna Borkowska ...
Old Lady
Mohammad Shahani ...
Mohammed Bakhtiar ...
Aliasghar Smadi ...
Balloon Seller
Hamidreza Tahery ...
Asghar Barzegar ...
Pet Shop Manager
Hasan Neamatolahi ...
Snake Charmer
Bosnali Bahary ...
Snake Charmer
Mohammadreza Baryar ...
Client in Tailor's Shop
Shaker Hayely ...
Tailor's Assistant
Homayoon Rokani ...
Street Singer / Dancer
Mohammad Farakani ...
Shop Keeper


Razieh wants a fat goldfish for the Iranian New Years celebration instead of the skinny ones in her family's pond at home, because the fat fish looks like it's dancing when it swims. After many attempts she and her brother convince their mother to give them her last bit of money. Between their home and the fish store, Razieh loses the money.. She finds it, but it is temptingly just out of her reach. Written by Rudi Sahebi <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | Family


Unrated | See all certifications »




Release Date:

27 November 1995 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

The White Balloon  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office


$150,000 (estimated)


$474,047 (USA)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The film unfolds in real time. See more »


Ali: You're whining again!
Razieh: Mom refuses to give me money for the goldfish.
Ali: Don't you like ours?
Razieh: You call these goldfish, you haven't seen the others. It's as though they're dancing when they move their fins. And they've got so many fins.
Ali: How much?
Razieh: The shopkeeper said 100 tomans.
Ali: 100 tomans! You want to pay 100 tomans for a goldfish. You can watch two films with that money. You're nuts.
See more »


Referenced in Sodankylä Forever: Valon draama (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The quest of a little girl to buy a goldfish, and the swindlers in her way who try to take advantage of her innocence.
29 June 2007 | by (Reykjavik, Iceland) – See all my reviews

It was my big sister's turn to pick a film to go to when we were gorging ourselves in what the Reykjavik cinema festival had to offer back in the days. Didn't expect anything but mushy boredom for an hour and a half. Instead of the sentimental torture I had braced myself for, I became spellbound by this beautiful story that totally held me captivated right from the beginning to the end. The little girl, Aida who plays the protagonist, was ever so sincere and true in her role that you forgot you were watching a film, and even I felt a couple of masculine tears running down my cheeks. The White Balloon is simply a gorgeous film and it's out of the blue quirky humor elevates it even further. Even with the wet towel slap in the end, I truly loved the whole of this Persian confect buffet down to it's last bit, ... and still do!

13 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Simply Excellent!!! natucha7
The Afghan Boy stephenpitkin
where to get 'white balloon'? rainleaf
new years + goldfishes commencetoncinema
The Cutest Scene vlechtja
Discuss The White Balloon (1995) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: