For a film so tightly packaged, so rigidly designed, it's incredible that the allegorical undertones manage to reach so far. This is not merely a slice of life film - it pulses with equal doses of generosity and bleak criticism. And it manages, like very few films do, to reinterpret childhood away from the stereotypes of religious parables of kindness vs evil, naivete vs cynicism, innocence vs guilt.
salesman boy's white baloon may seem insignificant in final scene .Somehow little girl and her brother took back the money which falled inside hole with help of salesman boy. But who will help this boy ?Even his money is not inside somewhere else or hole. He must sell his last white baloon to get money . His money is invisible , he has to create from nothing. This is very hard situation more than these children's..
I saw this some time ago, and while I am not an expert on Iran, my understanding of the country has deepened a great deal since I saw this movie. While I'm sure I missed some of the political allegories I might pick up now, there always has to be a first step into exploring the film culture of a particular culture. This was a welcome part of my introduction to Iranian film. An economical, moving slice of life.