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

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Family  |  27 November 1995 (Spain)
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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 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 <>

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Drama | Family


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Release Date:

27 November 1995 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

The White Balloon  »

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$150,000 (estimated)


$474,047 (USA)

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1.66 : 1
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The film unfolds in real time. See more »


Shop Owner: Time to go home now.
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7 May 2001 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I had the pleasure of watching this movie last year. I have recommended it to countless others since. There is something about this movie that stays with you and is absolutely unforgettable. I can't quite put my finger on it. The pace is slow and purposeful. The little girl and her brother are adorable. The minor characters are fantastic, including the tailor and the difficult customer. I found myself laughing out loud several times during the movie, The themes are universal. It was very easy to forget it took place in a different country in another language. It is all familiar and at the same time, revolutionary. I can watch this over and over. It may be a perfect film.

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