There seems to be 3 films in here: The sequel to the red balloon, the story of a single mother and the story of an outsider in a new society. HHH's style works great with the last two and gives Juliette Binoche some great moments (the scene in the car when she's on the phone was breathtakingly acted). However, it doesn't quite fit the fantasy element that made the short film as wonderful. Still, 2 out of 3 ain't bad.
John Keats says: "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness."the red balloon can be a thing of beauty twisting the imagination of those people who are keen to perceive this beauty, to cease a moment to be redeemed of the agonies of everyday life.Juxtaposition of this object of beauty along with the monotonous life is pictured in this movie utterly beautifully.
this film was a revelation to me with his use of the rack focus as a the main camera narrative device, which plays beautifully on the big screen, and looks insubstantial on a television screen. HHH's films like Jarmusch's films can only be fully appreciated when projected on the big screen.