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Friday, July 25, 2008

SHORT TAKES

"Le Ballon Rouge"


Director: Albert Lamorisse

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Language: French

A children's classic from 1956 that won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival that year is digitally remastered and returns to the big screen. This nearly dialogue-free film explores friendship and love between a 5-year-old Parisian boy and a seemingly sentient red balloon that he finds on the way to school. They develop a strong bond as the balloon follows the boy everywhere in town. This is a beautifully shot, poetic film that, with only a 36-minute running time, delivers a delightful and unforgettable experience.


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