Directed by Hou Hsiao Hsien
113 minutes, France
Hou Hsiao-hsien's ineffably serene film is not so much a remake of Albert Lamorisse's children's classic as a complex homage refracted through the complications of life in modern Paris. Juliette Binoche is Suzanne, the proprietor of a marionette theater and the single mother of a lonely boy named Simon (Simon Iteanu) who spends his days with his Chinese au pair Song (Song Fang). Simon and Song watch as the adults around them come apart at the seams, with joy and anguish, love and hatred?while the red balloon drifts across the Parisian landscape. Hos film is heartbreakingly beautiful, and it is graced with a truly magnificent performance from Binoche.
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