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

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


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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