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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Hou Hsiao-Hsien's masterful 'slice of life' approach is delicate, precise & beautiful, but this film seems to hit a few too many flat notes overall. Look forward to discovering more of his work though...
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.