Flight of the Red Balloon, 2008

A highlight at the 2007 Cannes, Toronto, and New York film festivals, Flight of the Red Balloon is the latest masterpiece from Hou Hsiao Hsien. Inspired by Albert Lamorisse’s 1956 Academy Award-winning classic, Flight of the Red Balloon, Hou expands on that film’s key elements–a young boy, a red balloon, and Paris–to weave an achinglyA highlight at the 2007 Cannes, Toronto, and New York film festivals, Flight of the Red Balloon is the latest masterpiece from Hou Hsiao Hsien. Inspired by Albert Lamorisse’s 1956 Academy Award-winning classic, Flight of the Red Balloon, Hou expands on that film’s key elements–a young boy, a red balloon, and Paris–to weave an achingly beautiful tale about the mysteries of familial bonds and the lingering effects the past has on us all. Simon, a precocious young boy, must deal with the increasing fragility of his mother, the loving yet preoccupied Suzanne. Completely immersed in her own tribulations, Suzanne hires Song, a Taiwanese film student, to help care for Simon. Together with Song, a unique extended family is formed, utterly interdependent yet lost in separate thoughts and dreams mirrored by a delicate, shiny red balloon. (IFC First Take)… Expand

 

 

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