‘The Red Balloon’ follows a small boy and his big red balloon, around his hometown. Winner of numerous awards in its day, including the Grand Prize at Cannes, it now serves as a fascinating look at life in a different era – fondly called ‘the old days’ by my kids. ‘Why is he going to school on his own? Mum, he’s stealing that balloon! He ran across the road without looking! Etc…’The classic short film has no dialogue – hurrah – and with music as a mood setter it is as enjoyable for adults who wistfully view scenes of post-war France in all its black and white chicness, as it is for kids.
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