The boy with the red balloon film

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the boy with the red balloon film

The Red Balloon by Albert Lamorisse

“The Red Balloon” is actually a French film short that was released in the 1950’s. I saw the film a few years ago but did not remember much from it. Reading the book brought back memories of the film.

I loved this book. I love the relationship between Pascal and his friend the red balloon. The balloon is an inanimate character that has animate qualities. The balloon accompanies Pascal everywhere and often lands him in a lot of trouble. The story is told with humor and sensitivity. I predict children will immediately like Pascal and will have mixed feelings about the red balloon.

The story is set in France. I did not note any language that may require further explanation for the reader. The intended audience for the story is children, not just children in France but children universally. Children from any nation will empathize with Pascal as his friend the balloon gets him into hot water. The balloon is much like a pet that a child would desire to take with him/her everywhere they go. Sometimes the pet is obedient but sometimes the pet is not, just as the red balloon is in the story.

My rating for this book five stars. This is well written book and the movie is worth seeing as well. I recommend both. Teachers will enjoy reading this book with their students and students will absolutely love hearing it.
File Name: the boy with the red balloon
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Published 20.10.2019

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The Red Balloon (Le Ballon Rouge)

The Red Balloon French : Le ballon rouge is a French fantasy comedy-drama featurette written, produced, and directed by Albert Lamorisse. Lamorisse used his children as actors in the film. His son, Pascal, plays himself in the main role, and his daughter, Sabine, portrays a little girl. It also became popular with children and educators. The film follows Pascal Pascal Lamorisse , a young boy who, on his way to school one morning, discovers a large helium-filled red balloon. As he plays with it, he realizes it has a mind and will of its own.

A few times each year, the entire student body was brought together to watch movies cast from a rickety 16 mm projector at the back of the room onto a large white screen pulled awkwardly down from the ceiling. And though the seats were uncomfortable and light leaked in from the drawn shades, I was always ready to be transported. As with young Pascal and his balloon, my relationship to the film was love at first sight. Yes, the city was strange and the sparse bits of language required subtitles, but I understood Pascal as if I had grown up next door to him. In fact, because of the inexpensive deals forged with 16 mm film distributors, The Red Balloon was the single largest-selling nontheatrical print in history even before Janus Films bought all English-speaking territory rights in , and its distribution to elementary schools across the United States was a notable foreshadowing of home video. Remembered with great love, the film, for many, is often inextricable from tactile memories of being shepherded into school cafeterias or gymnasiums or libraries, or hunkering down in a sleeping bag at camp. The Red Balloon has returned to me again and again.

Sign in. Alex Borstein , RuPaul , and other stars at the Emmys answer our fans' burning questions. Watch now. In the Camargue, France, a young boy bonds with a white haired horse that escaped from ranchers. A little boy and his baby-sitter inhabit the same imaginary world: through their adventures they are followed by a strange red balloon. A young boy enlists the help of a balloon seller to send birthday wishes to his Mom, in the only way he knows how, in this simple story of loss and longing. A young boy sneaks onto his grandfather's hot air balloon and together they travel over France.

The Red Balloon (French: Le ballon rouge) is a French fantasy comedy- drama featurette The film follows Pascal (Pascal Lamorisse), a young boy who, on his way to school one morning, discovers a large helium-filled red balloon.
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This site uses cookies and other tracking technologies to administer and improve your experience on our site, to help diagnose and troubleshoot potential server malfunctions, and to gather use and demographic information. See our cookie policy. Skip to Content. Get age-based picks. Families can talk about their interpretations of the film, especially regarding what the balloon might represent. Pascal is a kind little boy who demonstrates a great deal of perseverance as he forms a bond with a magical red balloon.


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