April 21st: It’s gone up.


90. The Red Balloon (Albert Lamorisse, 1956)

Weighing in at a massive 34 minutes long this film managed to win the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in the category that is open to feature length films. The story is about a young boy called Pascal who finds a red balloon. The balloon seems to have a life of his own, it follows Pascal and they seem to become friends. Soon however, the other children want the balloon and the chase is on. This is a simple and elegant piece of film. Enchanting and beautiful, it manages to be pleasant without ever being too saccharine. The final shots are amongst the most pleasing I’ve seen recently.

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