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The Red Balloon

Genres: Foreign, Family / Kids, Criterion Collection, France, French Cinema, 50s

Cast: Pascal Lamorisse

Director: Albert Lamorisse

Synopsis: Albert Lamorisse's exquisite THE RED BALLOON remains one of the most beloved children's films of all time. In this deceptively simple, nearly wordless tale, a young boy discovers a stray balloon, which seems to have a mind of its own, on the streets of Paris. The two become inseparable, yet the world's harsh realities finally interfere. With its glorious palette and allegorical purity, the Academy Award-winning THE RED BALLOON has enchanted movie lovers, young and old, for generations.

Language: French

Country of Origin: France

Production Year: 1956


  • "Utterly charming, tender, and humorous.", The New York Times
  • "To see The Red Balloon is to laugh, and cry, at the impossible joy of being a child again.", Entertainment Weekly


  • Winner, Dove Approved, The Dove Foundation
  • 1956: Winner, Oscar, Best Screenplay, Academy

 The Red Balloon
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