The White Balloon

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The White Balloon tells a simple yet powerfully effective story through a child's eyes, inviting audiences to see familiar surroundings from a different perspective.

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It's New Year's Eve in Tehran, Iran, where it's a tradition to buy or catch a fish. Seven-year-old Razieh (Aida Mohammadkhani) yearns for a new goldfish for her family's pond, but in 90 minutes all the shops will close for a week-long holiday. After she and her brother, Ali (Mohsen Kalifi), convince their mother (Fereshteh Sadr Orfani) to give them the family's last 500 tomans, they must make it to the market in time, ward off shady characters looking to prey on them and hang on to the money.

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Critic Reviews for The White Balloon (Badkonake sefid)

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (4)

Audience Reviews for The White Balloon (Badkonake sefid)

  • May 04, 2009
    It was brilliant, specially the simplicity of the movie, It is about a girl who sets out to buy a goldfish, but things happen on the way. This is a very slow paced movie. The plot is thin in terms and it frustrated me in the beginning with distractive style. However it is quite funny on the surface.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 02, 2009
    watched this when i was feeling sick and had a day off school... it only takes place on like 2 streets but it kept me wondring... it was sort of like you was on the quest for the fish as well.... i liked this movie because it was just realistic and like an everyday event that people can go through
    Paul A Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2008
    Such a sweet, cute movie! The story's simple, the development's familiar (doesn't matter that it's set on Iran), yet the performance of the little Aida Mohammadkhani's innocent and sweet. The characters present on this little iranian jewel makes the movie powerful and tender.
    Liolia K Super Reviewer

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