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Le voyage du ballon rouge
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Flight of the Red Balloon -- A boy is followed by a mysterious balloon around Paris, a city that has never looked so beautiful as when shot by the world's most lauded director, Hou Hsiao Hsien.

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A little boy and his baby-sitter inhabit the same imaginary world: through their adventures they are followed by a strange red balloon. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Hsiao-Hsien Hou 
 
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Hsiao-Hsien Hou 
François Margolin 

Produced by
Rémi Burah .... co-producer
Kristina Larsen .... producer
François Margolin .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Ping Bin Lee 
 
Film Editing by
Jean-Christophe Hym 
Ching-Song Liao 
 
Production Design by
Paul Fayard 
 
Production Management
Florence Cohen .... assistant production manager
 
Art Department
Charlie Cappagli .... assistant set decorator
 
Sound Department
Shih Yi Chu .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Léo Hinstin .... assistant camera
 
Other crew
Lionel Berner .... assistant location manager
Christophe Besnard .... assistant to producer
Nicolas Leclerc .... production assistant
Lina Martins .... assistant: Juliette Binoche
Nadege Pageau .... production staff
Charles-Edouard Renault .... legal counsel
Marie Sonne-Jensen .... assistant to producer
 
Thanks
Damien Maestraggi .... thanks
 

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"Le voyage du ballon rouge" - France (original title)
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The director's first film to be shot outside of Asia.See more »
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References Children of Men (2006)See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Flight of the Red Balloon, 4 January 2012
Author: Martin Teller from Portland OR

In CAFE LUMIERE, Hou paid tribute to Ozu. Here it's Lamorisse and his famous short film. I liked this more than any other Hou I've seen so far, which is odd because it seems to be considered one of his lesser films. Perhaps I only like Hou when he's not being so Hou. There was a lot to decode here, but I think one of the primary messages is the meeting of two cultures. The red balloon could be associated with the red prominent in Chinese culture, floating through and discovering Paris much in the same way as the director himself. The balloon seems to watch over and sympathize with the characters but doesn't ever connect. We have Juliette Binoche (in a very warm and relateable performance) practicing the art of Chinese puppet theater, and in her employ is Fang Song (another very likable performer), a Chinese nanny. These characters interact and even have moments of tenderness together, but they are detached, not quite involved in each other's lives. And then there are multitudes of instances being seen through windows, in reflections, through a camera, on a screen, via a child's toy. We are separated, but I see you and watch you with care. Outsiders looking in, doing what they can. I enjoyed my time with these characters and was engaged with their situations, understated though they might be. Lovely photography by one of my favorites, Mark Ping Bin Lee, and a gentle score. Makes me wonder what I've missed in Hou's other films.

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