Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge (The Flight of the Red Balloon) Reviews

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November 24, 2011
November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
October 18, 2008
October 18, 2008
Binoche's energy, invention and concentration are phenomenal.
June 23, 2008
Lamorisse's film was a third of this length, and was lighter than air. Hou's is about the weight of air itself on a muggy day, and whether that sustains over 113 minutes will be between each viewer and his attention span.
May 16, 2008
The story of these people is certainly engaging. The conundrums of art and reality, of reflection and mirror images, presented by the movie are another matter - they seem at times gratuitous. But at least the movie does give us something to think about.
May 16, 2008
For all its fuss and fury, Flight of the Red Balloon succeeds magnificently, providing not only an artful homage to Lamorisse's Academy Award-winning short, but also a weightlessly floating tour of the French capital.
May 2, 2008
More often than not, the red balloon appears as a silent, benevolent witness to ethereal moments that [director] Hou has taken great care to capture.
April 18, 2008
Plenty of well-meaning filmmakers advertise emotion without contextualizing it. Hou's latest film feels to me like a masterpiece responding intuitively to a masterpiece.
April 18, 2008
What Mr. Hou has done is borrow power and some gentle intimations of a state of grace from one of the most enchanting images in movie history.
April 18, 2008
Flight looks at the world the way a kid would, taking it all in and sifting for clues.
April 18, 2008
Even in his most commercial effort, Hou [Hsiao-hsien] has set himself an impressively daunting artistic challenge.
April 17, 2008
A work of art on the order of a poem by Yeats or a painting by Rothko.
April 11, 2008
Hou Hsiao-hsien's first French-language film shows why the Taiwanese master is considered one of the world's great filmmakers.
April 4, 2008
This Red Balloon is gorgeously photographed, and finely acted; like the first film, it gives its plaything a real, solid dimensionality. But despite its title, it never really soars.
April 4, 2008
Fans of Hou know just what to expect from his slow, contemplative films - and they won't be disappointed.
April 4, 2008
[Hou Hsiao-hsien] may well have created a future classic of his own
April 4, 2008
Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien knows how to cast a spell of loneliness.
April 4, 2008
This is a transportive picture, the kind with the power to carry you outside of yourself; it is itself a flotation device.
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