The White Balloon (Badkonake sefid) (1995)
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Critic Reviews for The White Balloon (Badkonake sefid)
By putting itself in sync with the rhythms of everyday life, it offers a reminder that the simplest forms of filmmaking can be the most satisfying.
Those with the patience to sit through all eighty-five minutes will uncover a sublime, unconventionally engrossing story.
There are LONG stretches of... well, real time.
Panahi has much the same kind of talent, a concern to make his film a kind of home for its characters, but he has not yet found [Kiarostami's] secret, how to find and hold the still point of the turning world.
We need to fall in love with Razieh to see the film properly, and we do.
Raziah takes everything at face value, forcing us to look again at people and situations we would immediately judge as good or bad -- reason enough to see this film.
Audience Reviews for The White Balloon (Badkonake sefid)
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
This is my first film directed by Jafar Panahi, but I would say the more important credit is that it was written by Abbas Kiarostami. The film plays out much like Where Is My Friend's Home?, using a child with a very simple problem to illustrate the interactions of a community. You can't think of a much more stripped-down premise than "little girl wants to buy a goldfish", but Panahi & Kiarostami mine it for plenty of tension, insight and subtle social commentary. The fleeting hints at something sinister going on with the father (the son appears with unexplained bruises, the mysterious "second job") are intriguing. I must confess that the significance of the balloon vendor's ethnicity entirely escaped me until I started reading the IMDb message board, but I think you would have to be from the area to pick up on it. This is a terrific movie that does an awful lot with so little, and features some excellent, understated performances.
One of my favorite foreign films of all time. Razieh is one of the most memorable character in recent memory. There are so many good scenes. Like when she finds the snake and the snake charmer. Or when she struggles to get the dollar from the gutter she dropped it in. The entire battle to get the gold fish. The weird creepy soldier at the end. Her brother acting like a mad man. God damn fine movie. This got me into middle eastern films more. Great Concept, Great Execution!
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