LE VOYAGE DU BALLON ROUGE
FLIGHT OF THE RED BALLOON

DIRECTOR
Hou Hsiao-hsien

SCREENPLAY
Hou Hsiao-hsien

CAST
Suzanne: Juliette Binoche
Song: Song Fang
Simon: Simon Iteanu
Marc: Hippolyte Girardot
Louise: Louise Margolin

Running time: 113’
Production: France, 2007
Rating: Not rated
Gauge: 35mm, DVD (color)

GENRE
Drama

DISTRIBUTOR
IFC Films




“Through a series of quiet, seemingly offhand yet exquisitely conceived interludes, Mr Hou introduces us to three fully inhabited people who embody the careless joys of childhood, the hopes of young adulthood and the burdens of older age. Mr. Hou arranges these bodies with his usual tender touch; his mastery of film space remains assured as ever, even many miles from home, as does his work with actors… lovely, lovely film…”
Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

A mysterious red balloon affectionately follows Simon, a precocious, wide-eyed seven-year-old boy, around Paris. His mother Suzanne is a puppeteer who uses her vocal talents to bring life to the shows she writes. Single mother of two, Simon and an older sister, Suzanne went through a bad divorce and is now struggling with her multi-tasking as an artist, mother, and landlord. Completely absorbed in her new show and overwhelmed by the complications of modern daily life, she decides to hire Song Fang as Simon's nanny.The young, sensitive Taiwanese film student in Paris will take care of his needs, pick him up from school, cook for him, oversee his piano lessons and be a companion to an inquisitive, gifted and very lonely boy. Simon and Song watch as the adults around them come apart at the seams, with joy and anguish, love and hatred. They come to form a unique extended family, thoroughly interdependent yet all lost in separate thoughts and dreams. Inspired by Albert Lamorisse's classic 1956 short The Red Balloon, the fluid, unparalleled elegance of Hou's first French-language film finds grace in the simplest details, and gently discovers a Paris previously unseen.

 
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