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The Red Balloon

Le Ballon Rouge

Directed by Albert Lamorisse
France, 1956
Short, Comedy, Drama


In this nearly wordless children’s fable, a red balloon forms a life of its own and starts to follow a young boy through his daily activities around the streets of Paris.

Our take

Starring director Albert Lamorisse’s own son, this timeless classic is one of cinema’s most iconic and beloved of short films—a buoyant, fervent fable that has enchanted audiences young and old. Winner of the Palme d’Or, the Prix Louis Delluc, and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay!

The Red Balloon Directed by Albert Lamorisse

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1956 | Winner: Palme d'Or - Best Short Film

2007 | Directors' Fortnight

Academy Awards

1957 | Winner: Best Writing, Best Screenplay - Original

National Board of Review

1957 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

Critics reviews

As with the best picture books, it’s hard to separate The Red Balloon’s scant narrative from its delicate and ingenious design.
February 23, 2017
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