The Red Balloon

Award winning French short film “The Red Balloon” (1956) directed by Albert Lamorisse and starring his son Pascal Lamorisse.

Its a very interesting them, a red balloon follows a little boy wherever he goes. Its like the balloon has a mind of its own. The little boy leaves the balloon after some time, but still it follows him everywhere including when he goes to school by bus, inside the school compound etc.

There are school kids who want to kill the balloon but it escapes them all the time and sort of plays a game with the pursuers. Pascal walks on the street with the balloon when he passes a girl who is carrying a blue balloon and it also seems to have a mind of its own.

The school kids finally manage to quash it, but immediately thereafter all the balloons city rise up as in a tribute to the fallen balloon. Nice neat production and direction by Albert Lamorisse, manages to convey his thoughts through this short film .

This film won a spate of awards at the Oscars, Cannes, Palme d’Or etc.

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  1. Watched it in elementary school. Great little film.

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