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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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Storyline

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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Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$474,047 (USA)
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Quotes

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.
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Understated Elegance
10 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie, as has been said before, enters the world of children. But it does it with such a lack of full credit for grace and feeling. It never belittles children - in fact, it makes adults look like the buffoons they are. You feel for every victory and defeat they have and get engrossed in their plots and problems. The encounters with common Iranians is also wonderful, especially the soldier at the end. Perhaps the most natural example of child acting is shown through Rezayeh - I am surprised she was never nominated for anything in this film. Her other films are also great, but nothing matches "The White Balloon" Not to be missed - one of the best Iranian films of all time, without question.


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