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Inspired by Albert Lamorisse's classic 1956 Academy Award®-Winning short*, Flight of the Red Balloon is the latest masterwork from director Hou Hsiao Hsien (Three Times, Millennium Mambo). Expanding on the key elements of Lamorisse's short - a young boy, a red balloon and Paris - Hou weaves the tale of a boy, Simon (Simon Iteanu) dealing with the increased fragility of his loving yet preoccupied mother, Suzanne (Academy Award® - Winner Juliette Binoche** of The English Patient, Caché). When a Taiwanese film student, Song (Fang Song), is hired to help care for Simon, a unique extended family is formed - utterly dependent on each other yet lost in separate dreams mirrored by a delicate, shiny red balloon.
I'd love to briefly describe this film's plot, but am unable to do so because there is no plot to speak of. Read morePublished 11 months ago by J.Taylor
Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao Hsien is a critically acclaimed auteur whose work is maddeningly unavailable on DVD. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Film Buff
If this is a tribute to Paris, then it is an insult to Paris. Do not waste your money.Published 13 months ago by marlidNY
Just plain boring. Contrary to the stated, little of the beauty of Paris is seen. Avoid this film.Published 13 months ago by Adam
I was disappointed that this was not the original Red Balloon. The story was weak. I do not want to write more.Published 15 months ago by Ruth Dixon
I loved the 1956 classic, but this movie really does not have much to do with it. Sufficiently interesting as a French movie, but did not see much connection to original.Published 21 months ago by Madame O
Juliette Binoche and the whole ensemble are great.
This is a favorite film, full of heart and beauty.
And no explosions, car chases, etc. b.s.
Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao Hsien ventures away from his homeland for this homage to the classic French short film "Red Balloon. Read morePublished on July 7, 2011 by K. Harris