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The Red Balloon (1956)

Le ballon rouge (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Drama | 11 March 1957 (USA)
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A red balloon with a life of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris.

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Credited cast:
... Pascal - le petit garçon
Georges Sellier ... Le marchand
Vladimir Popov ... Un locataire
Paul Perey
Sabine Lamorisse ... La petite fille au ballon bleu
Michel Pezin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Renée Marion ... La mère de Pascal
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A boy makes friends with a seemingly sentient balloon, and it begins to follow him. It follows the boy to school, to the bus, and to church. Boy and balloon play together in the streets of Paris and try to elude a gang of boys that wants to destroy the balloon. Written by alfiehitchie

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The Academy Award Winning Sensation!


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First film of singer Renaud, aged three. See more »

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For a brief instant, a wire can be seen attached to balloon as boy waits to cross street. Wire stands out against blue coat of man standing behind him looking on as the boy waits for intersection to clear. See more »

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Pascal - le petit garçon: Could you hold my balloon while I'm in school?
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Avec le concours: Des Enfants De Ménilmontant et Des Ballons De La Région Parisiénne (Translation: With the assistance of: The Children of Ménilmontant and The Balloons of the Paris region.) See more »

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Referenced in Winnie the Pooh (2011) See more »

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An All-time Favorite
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This film is one of my all-time favorites. I consider it a masterpiece, and an emotionally moving experience. As an allegory on the power of love and friendship, it is unsurpassed. Yet one senses deeper, more profound meanings with the balloon as a symbol of the spirit and resilience of life itself, being able to mutate and regenerate itself in an endless flow of passion.


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