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

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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aida Mohammadkhani ...
Razieh
Mohsen Kafili ...
Ali
Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy ...
Mother
Anna Borkowska ...
Old Lady
Mohammad Shahani ...
Soldier
Mohammed Bakhtiar ...
Tailor
Aliasghar Smadi ...
Balloon Seller
Hamidreza Tahery ...
Reza
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
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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 <rsahebi@voyager.com>

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27 November 1995 (Spain)  »

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$150,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$474,047 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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Shop Owner: Time to go home now.
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Excellent
30 May 2003 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Abbas Kiarostami wrote this film, which is very much like his 1987 masterpiece, Where Is the Friend's Home? That film had a young boy trying to give back some other boy's homework that he accidentally took home. This one has a little girl having all kinds of problems trying to buy a goldfish on New Year's Eve. Each of these children have to navigate their way through a world of adults in a culture where the young are to be seen, but not heard. The earlier film is quite a bit better than The White Balloon, but this is a wonderful film in its own right. It has a wonderful set piece where a street performer thinks that the girl is donating the money she has for her goldfish to a snake charmer. She has to work up the courage to speak up for herself, and then to take the money when it has been wrapped around a snake. My only real problem with the film was the lead performance, by Aida Mohammadkhani. She has really nice facial expressions, but her voice and line delivery are monotonous; truth be told, she gets kind of obnoxious after a while. Mohsen Kalifi, who plays her older brother, is wonderful, on the other hand. I really liked the way the sibling relationship was developed. Kiarostami, genius that he is, adds some small details that give the film a much deeper resonance than one might find at first glance (I'd almost call this a trademark of his). The sequence with the titular balloon, along with the haunting final shot, is the kind of thing that could make this film last forever inside of me.


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