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What Does That Kid From The Red Balloon Look Like These Days?

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | April 25, 2013 | Comments ()


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That's the question I set out to answer, and I actually wanted to know more, like: What is he doing with his life? But sadly, there's scant information on the web about Pascal Lamorisse, who was six years old when he starred in The Red Balloon, the Oscar-winning short-film directed by his father, Albert Lamorisse, in 1956. This is the most recent image of Lamorisse that I could find.

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Lamorisse is 63 years old now, so I'm guessing that the image is several years old. The only decent interview with him I could find was a four-minute audio interview with NPR in 2007, where he talked about the film ahead of its re-release and plans to do a sequel, which hasn't yet happened. That sequel would've clued us in on the fate of little Pascal at the end of The Red Balloon.

Because that's all the information I could dig up, let me take a moment simply to recommend the short film, especially to parents. My 5 year old is obsessed, and despite the fact that it's French, it's perfect for both children and adults, and at half an hour, well-suited to their attention spans. I am sad to say that I watched it for the first time only recently, and it was my kid who introduced me to it, and it was with some disbelief that I pegged my kid for a lover of French films.

The movie is about a small child whose only friend is a red balloon, and you could say that it explores childhood, bullying, and alienation, but really, it's just about a red balloon that befriends a kid. It's beautiful, though. Charming, whimsical, and perfect, a brilliant little film as much about imagination as it provokes our own.

It's on Netflix. Check it out. It's suitable for all ages.




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  • latvianlady

    I was probably 8 or 9 when I saw this movie for the first time. Its "European-ness" -- the cobblestone streets, old buildings, etc. -- which was just SO unlike Middle America, is what imprinted my juvenile mind the most. I felt that I just belonged there, never mind that I really didn't know anything about Europe at the time. I have been obsessed with Europe ever since; lucky for me, that's where I live now :-).

  • DominaNefret

    My father is 64 and looks younger than that, so unless my father looks reaaaaaaaaaaaaaally young for his age, I'd assume this is a pretty recent picture.

  • JenVegas

    When I was in grade school the official language of our language arts program was French and we watched this movie at least once a year. We also watched the beautiful, b&w, French Beauty & The Beast and ....hrm...some short film about a little girl who drew a house and a garden with crayons (that's all I remember about that one.) I love this movie soooo much. I'm so glad it's on Netflix. I highly recommend that everyone take a few minutes to watch it too!

  • DMA

    I was in grade school in the 80s(!), and they occasionally screened films (usually PSAs) in the school auditorium--a welcome break from the norm though rarely were the films noteworthy. Then one day, they screened The Red Balloon, and it haunted me for years afterward. I identified too much with the little boy's loneliness and alienation so the ending struck me as both tragic and hopeful. I watched the movie again a couple years ago, and it's as moving as ever.

  • HerGuyWednesday

    Also in grade school in the 80s, I feel like they showed this movie to us whenever the weather was too bad for us go outside for recess. I probably haven't seen it in over 25 years.

  • John W

    Me too, back during the steam engine days, I remember crying my eyes out for that poor balloon.

  • nice nice

    wow an entertainment writer who hasn't seen the classics.....face palm

  • BlackRabbit

    Define "Classics."

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Soooo....he looks French, basically. Arty-French rather than businessy-French.

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