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.
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 <email@example.com>
You're whining again!
Mom refuses to give me money for the goldfish.
Don't you like ours?
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.
The shopkeeper said 100 tomans.
100 tomans! You want to pay 100 tomans for a goldfish. You can watch two films with that money. You're nuts.
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The quest of a little girl to buy a goldfish, and the swindlers in her way who try to take advantage of her innocence.
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!
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