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3.7
1,040 Ratings

Flight of the Red Balloon

Le voyage du ballon rouge

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien
France, 2007
Drama, Family, Fantasy

Synopsis

A blissful, breathtakingly gorgeous homage to Albert Lamorisse’s 1956 kid’s classic Le ballon rouge, concerning seven-year-old Simon and his life with his mother Suzanne, a performance artist, as they are seen through the eyes of a Chinese student hired as Simon’s nanny.

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Flight of the Red Balloon Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien

Critics reviews

Hou operates in a different register, abetted by an actress uniquely able to pull us, ever so subtly, from the child—whose loneliness is in no way minimized—and toward Suzanne, who like her son finds herself floating through life longing for those human connections that might tether her to something or someone.
July 01, 2019
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At the movie’s core are two remarkable nonprofessional actors: Iteanu, who I’d guess is eight or nine years old here and gives one of cinema’s most endearing yet wholly unselfconscious performances by a kid; and Song Fang, who plays Song, Simon’s newly hired babysitter and an aspiring filmmaker from Beijing continuing her studies in Paris.
January 25, 2019
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