Flight of the Red Balloon, The ( voyage du ballon rouge, Le ) Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 10670

Average Rating: 2.5/4

# of Ratings: 12

Theatrical Release Date: 04/04/2007

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 10/21/2008

Language: French

Genre: Drama

MPAA Rating: PG

Director: Hsiao-hsien Hou

Actors: Juliette Binoche, Simon Iteanu, Hippolyte Girardot, Fang Song, Louise Margolin, Anna Sigalevitch

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Allison - wrote on 11/18/2007

Boring, almost painfully slow. Juliette Binoche is good in this, but her puppet voice is annoying. It had its moments... like when... ????? avoid unless you can help it. I only watched it because I was interested in the Paris scenery. That was the only thing that was bearable about this.

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Franz Patrick - wrote on 12/18/2008

I’ll just come right out and say it: I think this film is a masterpiece. Hsiao-hsien Hou did an amazing job in directing and shaping this homage to “The Red Balloon.” I can’t really make comparisons with that classic children’s film because I haven’t yet seen it while writing this review. However, from what I read from people’s blogs who have seen both, they claim that it captured the original’s main themes. All of the actors were impressive in their own way. Juliette Binoche is still electric even though she’s a bit more broken down here than in her other movies. I liked the pluckiness of her character but didn’t like the fact that she pays more attention to her career than her son. Simon Iteanu, who plays Binoche’s son, is sublime as a lonely boy but doesn’t …

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