Last night my eight year old Liza and I watched the movie The Red Balloon on Netflix. It is 34 minutes long, and almost entirely without dialogue (though, there is a wonderful soundtrack). The few sentences that are spoken are in French with subtitles.
Basically, the movie is about a little boy in Paris in the 1950′s with a red balloon that magically follows him throughout his day. Other kids and adults try to get the balloon, but they can’t. The balloon has a mind of its own.
I would summarize the movie as being a “meditation” on youth and freedom. It is a very subtle and quiet film, that lulls you to a happy place, leaving you feeling like a little kid yourself.
I’d give the movie 8 out of 10 streaming stars.
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