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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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30 January 2008 (France) See more »
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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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An Extemporaneous Homage to Albert Lamorisse's THE RED BALLOON See more (36 total) »

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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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115 min
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The director's first film to be shot outside of Asia.See more »
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13 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
An Extemporaneous Homage to Albert Lamorisse's THE RED BALLOON, 24 August 2008
Author: gradyharp from United States

Somewhere the highly regarded Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien had the idea of paying homage to the 1956 classic Albert Lamorisse film THE RED BALLOON, a tender story of a child's interaction with a nearly animate floating balloon, and while there is indeed an short introduction of a small boy addressing an errant red balloon floating in Paris, the 'homage' stops there. What follows is an overly long, frustratingly impromptu series of scenes that lack cohesion and resolution.

THE FLIGHT OF THE RED BALLOON (Le Voyage du balloon rouge) is a prolonged (113 minutes) series of scenes that stutter along with the same sort of wandering course of the occasionally visible red balloon to present moments in the life of a disheveled, frumpy, single mother Suzanne (Juliette Binoche) whose income depends on her fascination and obsession with Chinese marionette presentations for which she supplies the backstage voice for all of the characters. Her absent 'husband/boyfriend' has left her to write in Montreal while Suzanne must care for her young son Simon (Simon Iteanu) with the help of a newly hired Taiwanese photographer nanny Song (Fang Song) while her daughter resides in Brussels. This disheveled household is further complicated by the freeloading Marc (Hippolyte Girardot), the friend of her absentee 'husband', by Simon's piano lessons taught by Anna (Anna Sigalevitch), and by impossible conflicting schedules for marionette performances, partially relieved by Song's quiet ability to take Simon on adventures outside the confines of the cluttered little space they all call home. The only quieting element of this film is the occasional appearance of the 'guardian angel' red balloon, which seems to be a symbol for defining the real world of Simon and the illusory world he craves. The dialogue as written by Hou and François Margolin is choppy and the camera work and constant meandering piano music seem extemporaneous: there are few resolutions to the individual stories that are only hinted. Juliette Binoche is a solid actress able to make the most of a minimal script and horrendous costuming and makeup: her moments of being the voice of marionettes are magical. But this Red Balloon just doesn't take flight in the context of this homage. As with the rest of the film the balloon just floats off at the end. The viewer needs a lot of patience with this film! Grady Harp

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