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.
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!
I don't think I have ever seen a movie this innocent and sweet. It has such a beautiful story and great camerawork following the boy and the balloon through Paris. So much is told with little words.
Eventually it gets a bit repetitive, but the short length never lets it fall into redundance.
The ending is just sublime, goosebump-inducing really.
Ce ballon rouge vif tranche dans un Paris sombre, grisâtre et pluvieux. Il n’a certes ni traits, ni voix, mais il est doté d’une personnalité : il est d’une fidélité sans pareille! Une demi heure de légèreté et de douceur.
The red balloon is the ultimate cinematic personification. This half-hour gem of a film is utterly simple, endearingly imaginative and still retains its wow factor six decades on.
Also, it's a film that restores one's esteem for the innocence of youth, whilst challenging the evils of bullying and simultaneously praising the spirit of adventure. A standalone classic.