A boy makes friends with a seemingly sentient red balloon, and it begins to follow him. It follows him to the bus stop, to school, and to church. They play together in the streets of Paris and try to elude a gang of boys that wants to steal it.Written by
The opening location is on Rue Piat, Belleville, Paris. The buildings and steps are now gone and are now part of Belleville Park. The same spot can be seen in Casque d'Or (1952) and Under the Paris Sky (1951). See more »
The bus Pascal gets on has red advertisements at the rear for Chantelle. The bus he gets off has yellow/green advertisements for Excel. See more »
THE RED BALLOON rescued by a small Parisian lad will transform his life in unbelievable ways.
This is a marvelous film, full of love & hope, searing sorrow & overwhelming joy. It is also a classic example of what can be done in a very limited time frame, with a compelling story and genius behind the camera.
The special effects are still entrancing, with wonderful editing & camerawork which turns the byways & alleys of old Paris into the canvas on which this fantasy is painted.
Director Albert Lamorisse's young son, Pascal, is the very fortunate star of this urban fairy tale.
If the tribulations & persecutions of the Red Balloon appear to be a type of Epiphany, that is probably no coincidence.
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