Flight of the Red Balloon

Flight of the Red Balloon

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Directed by the internationally acclaimed, award-winning Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao Hsien (Café Lumière, City of Sadness), this exquisite film, inspired by Albert Lamorisse’s classic 1953 film The Red Balloon (described by François Truffaut as “one of the most beautiful colour films ever made”), finds its own place within a continuing tradition of great French cinema.

A young boy, Simon (Simon Iteanu) must deal with the increasing fragility of his mother, the loving yet preoccupied puppeteer Suzanne, played by Academy Award winner Juliette Binoche (The English Patient, Dan in Real Life). Overwhelmed by the demands of her chaotic existence, Suzanne hires Song (Song Fan), a Taiwanese film student, to help care for Simon. With Song, a unique extended family is formed, utterly interdependent yet lost in their separate thoughts and dreams; all this is mirrored by a delicate, shiny red balloon that hovers above the Paris streets.

Special Feature: Original theatrical trailer

 

This film is available for non-theatrical bookings. If you run a film society and you wish to organise a screening of this film, please contact info@bffs.org.uk, who will be happy to discuss this with you further. 


Flight of the Red Balloon
Reference
7952885
Barcode
5027626288549
Classification
PG
Number of Discs
1
Picture
16:9 / Colour
Sound
5.1 / French
Subtitles
English
Region
2 / PAL
Time
110 mins approx