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The White Balloon (1995)

Badkonake sefid (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Family | 27 November 1995 (Spain)
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 <rsahebi@voyager.com>

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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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A Drama for children and adults who like children
16 December 2002 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Most of the respondents have reviewed "White Balloon" as an art film. I would like to advocate its a great kids' movie. My kids (9 and 10) watched it entranced. To them its a movie about a real life situation that any kid could get into. It never patronizes children but treats them as the center of the film with their own lives and needs.

Something else which escapes the other reviewers is the filming is all done from a child's level.

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