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5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood Memories, December 15, 1999
This review is from: The Red Balloon [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Amazing. Just a few days ago I was thinking about a film that I saw in elementary school (Fairfield Elementary School, Long Island, NY). It was about a little boy and a red balloon that escaped his grasp. I was trying to remember if the film had spoken words, and I thought that it did not. I was thinking about how it was such an unusual film, and how unusual it was that I should remember it almost 30 years later. I made a mental note to some day find it.
Tonight, I sat here browsing Amazon, and I just fell upon it. The Red Balloon. I must have it. Funny, I can't remember if it made me laugh or cry. I just know that it is a memorable part of my childhood, and if I have an opportunity to recapture some little memory of a more simple time in my life, then I must seize that opportunity.
To all the other "kids" out there who remember this film... I'll see you on the playground.
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Initial post: Jan 17, 2009 4:49:03 PM PST
Beverley says:
Hi Katherine,

I live in Massapequa and just today found this in the Massapequa Bar Harbor library. It looked so familiar, I am sure I saw this in South Africa when I was a little girl. Anyway, I took it home to watch and share with my two boys. We will be watching it this Evening. Before doing so, I thought I would look at the reviews on it, and yours was the first one that came up. I saw you mentioned Fairfield which is why I thought I would let you know you can get in our local library. Enjoy!

Posted on Feb 17, 2009 7:57:38 PM PST
wonderful tourment in the le life of the vert

Posted on Mar 27, 2009 9:37:38 AM PDT
Amy R. says:
Ironically, I have recently connected with many of my childhood friends through Facebook and have been talking about the "Red Balloon" for the past 2 months as it was always a favorite movie memory from grade school in the N.E. suburbs of Chicago. Not many remember it, and most don't have any idea what I'm talking about or haven't ever seen it especially where I live in Iowa. I cannot believe when I opened Amazon today, it was presented to me! I am very excited to purchase it and watch it again and again. Such an unrealistic coincidence!

Posted on Nov 1, 2009 4:19:10 PM PST
Dear Katherine,

Just this morning, I was explaining to my 16 year old daughter who takes french in school, about a silent french movie called the red balloon. What you wrote in your comment was practically the same exact words I used, and my own recollections. I believe I viewed this movie every year for six years.

You captured the nostalgia and emotion perfectly,

Angela

Posted on Nov 20, 2010 11:57:44 AM PST
Katherine,

I just read your review of "The Red Balloon" and I had tears running down my face. Why did this short and simple review seem so sensitive and beautiful to me? I don't know, but it did. Thank you so much for those words.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2012 1:37:08 PM PDT
Perfectly put.
All of you.
My husband saw this in elementary school as well, he showed it to me several years ago.
Just noticed Criterion has a version out so I snatched it up for him.

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 9:49:23 PM PST
Ok. And ill bring Jonathan Livingston seagul both the movie red ballon and the book johnathan Livingston segul impacted my life. I will order both. Tonight these memories came too me I have found out at age 53 it's good too go,back into time to capture good moments they bring more to the present. Thanks
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