The Flight of the Red Balloon
- 115 min
- Directed by: Hou Hsiao-Hsien
- Written by: Hou Hsiao-Hsien, François Margolin
- Cast: Juliette Binoche, Hippolyte Girardot
- Language: French
Suzanne (Binoche), a busy puppeteer, hires Song (Song), a Chinese film student, to look after her young son. Hsiao-Hsien's film intricately weaves together compassionate insights into the pressures felt by a single parent with studious examinations of the methods of storytelling. Partly inspired by Albert Lamorisse's warming Parisian short 'The Red Balloon', Hsiao-Hsien's narrative ultimately draws a particularly fine portrait of the French capital.
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Flight of the Red Balloon13 Mar 2008
DRAMA (PG) 113min Taiwanese New Wave cinema pioneer Hou Hsiao-hsien makes his French language debut with this eloquent drama loosely inspired by Albert Lamorisse’s much-loved 1956 short, The Red Balloon. Taking as its starting point that film’s…
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