The Red Balloon (Le Ballon Rouge)


The Red Balloon (Le Ballon Rouge)

Critics Consensus

The Red Balloon invests the simplest of narratives with spectacular visual inventiveness, making for a singularly wondrous portrait of innocence.



Total Count: 20


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Six-year old petit garçon Pascal Lamorisse and the biggest, shiniest ballon rouge ever--25,000 were used during shooting--share near dialogue-less adventures tagging after each other through the old Belleville section of Paris. Perhaps the most acclaimed short film of all time, "The Red Balloon" won the Palme d'Or for court métrage at Cannes and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, making it the only short ever given an Oscar for a feature category.


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  • Apr 29, 2016
    A marvelous, imaginative and magical short film (the only to have ever won an Oscar for best original screenplay) with a beautiful musical score and so many layers of meaning in its simple story that it should speak to most children and make any adult feel like a child again.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 17, 2013
    Short, simple and mostly silent, "The Red Balloon" is a thoughtful, creative reflection on childhood, imagination and friendship, and its timeless story should resonate with everyone that sees it.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Mar 12, 2013
    Lamorisse's simple short view of life through the voyage of a red balloon is magical and inspired many a film maker in its aftermath. A nice breezy half hour flight.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • May 03, 2012
    A sweet little film, very simple in its screenplay and with limited dialogue that means it will be appeal to all ages and nationalities. The balloon is the star and the way it moves around and follows the little boy is very cleverly done. The way the other children pick on the boy and then attack the balloon I suspect is symbolic and the beautiful ending was nicked by 'Up' many years later. A nice short film.
    David S Super Reviewer

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