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The Red Balloon (Le Ballon Rouge) (1956)

The Red Balloon (Le Ballon Rouge) (1956)



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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.
Art House & International , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5)

A beautiful little meditation on childhood, on imagination literally taking flight.

Full Review… | December 13, 2007
Philadelphia Inquirer
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As enjoyable for adults who wistfully view scenes of post-war France in all its black and white chicness, as it is for kids.

Full Review… | November 19, 2007
Time Out
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An utterly charming little story.

Full Review… | November 19, 2007
New York Times
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The absence of one key scene near the film's end renders the entire thing pablum.

Full Review… | July 13, 2012

Lamorisse's lyrical tale, largeky told through imagery, holds up extremely well, and it's still the only short feature to ever win a major Oscar (original screenplay).

Full Review… | July 17, 2011

Imaginative story told entirely through visuals.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for The Red Balloon (Le Ballon Rouge)


A marvelous, imaginative and magical short film (the only ever to have 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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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For an older film, I like the creativity of this short, the dull backgrounds as a backdrop with the infusion of bright colours is almost reminiscent of black, white and reds, used in films such as Sweeney Todd, so shows this in a much older age. I felt this could have been a great film had there been more stories coming off of the mini adventure. Many, more modern films have been modelled on such films like these, I wonder if this was one of those original style films to which people use as a reference?

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

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A WONDERFUL little film about a balloon with a mind of its own. The ending will stick with you forever.

Cindy I
Cindy I

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