Le Ballon Rouge

The Red Balloon (FrenchLe Ballon rouge) is a 1956 fantasy short film, directed by French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse. The thirty-four minute short, which follows the adventures of a young boy who one day finds a sentient, mute, red balloon, was filmed in the Ménilmontant neighborhood of ParisFrance.

It won numerous awards, including an Oscar for Lamorisse for writing the best original screenplay in 1956 and the Palme d’Or for short films at Cannes.

Ava Says:  This movie was about a boy that has a red balloon as a friend.  The red balloon follows the boy every day. One day the little boys from the town get so jealous they pop the balloon with rocks.  Then when the boy thinks all hope is lost all the balloons from all over paris come to him. When he takes hold of all the balloons from paris they lift him up. I think the lesson of the story is when there is something you want you never steal from another. My favorite character in the story is the balloon. My favorite part was when the balloon played hide and seek with the little boy. I loved the scenery in the movie, like the cute little shops filled with pastries and clothes.  I liked this movie  and give it 5 stars.

Jack Says: I thought Le Ballon Rouge was very good. I thought this movie was about how all good things must come to an end. At the end of the movie when the boy’s balloon pops, he learns that you need to let some things go and if you do better things will come. The movie shows this when after the boy’s balloon pops, all the balloons in Paris come to him. I think this was a very cute movie. I give it 5 stars.

Payton Says: In the movie Le Ballon Rouge, a little boy befriends a red balloon. So much so, that the balloon starts following him wherever he goes. Other little boys in town become jealous of the balloon. One day, while the little boy is in a bakery buying a pastry, the jealous boys come and steal his balloon. In a jostle between the boys, the balloon is popped. Then, all of the balloons in Paris come to the little boy and carry him away. I loved this film. I especially like that it was actually in french with subtitles as well. I rate it 5 stars.

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