Flight of the Red Balloon
|Flight of the Red Balloon|
©BAC Films 2007
|Directed by||Hou Hsiao-Hsien|
|Produced by||Kristina Larsen
|Written by||Hou Hsiao-Hsien
|Cinematography||Pin Bing Lee|
|Edited by||Jean-Christophe Hym
|Running time||115 minutes|
Flight of the Red Balloon (French: Le voyage du ballon rouge) is a 2007 French-Taiwanese film directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien. It is the first part in a new series of films produced by Musée d'Orsay, and tells the story of a French family as seen through the eyes of a Chinese student. The film was shot in August and September 2006 on location in Paris. This is Hou Hsiao-Hsien's first non-Asian film. It references the classic 1956 French short The Red Balloon directed by Albert Lamorisse.
Suzanne, a puppeteer, lives with her young son Simon in an apartment in Paris. While her daughter Louise is away in Brussels and she is worried over a financial battle with her tenant, Marc, Suzanne hires a Chinese filmmaker named Song as Simon's new nanny.
J. Hoberman, writing in The Village Voice was particularly appreciative of the film stating, "Flight of the Red Balloon is contemplative but never static, and punctuated by passages of pure cinema".
Hong Kong film critic Perry Lam, however, wrote a largely negative review in Muse Magazine: "You get the sense that the director hasn't really made up his mind about what kind of movie he wants Red Balloon to be. His style seems to embrace naturalism, while his thematic concern disavows it."
Top ten lists
The film appeared on several critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2008.
- 1st - J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
- 2nd - Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
- 3rd - Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail
- 4th - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
- 5th - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
- 5th - Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
- 9th - Ty Burr, The Boston Globe
- "Festival de Cannes: Le voyage du ballon rouge". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2011-08-24.
- "Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge (The Flight of the Red Balloon) (2007)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved January 31, 2012.
- Lam, Perry (December 2007). "Far away, too close". Muse Magazine (11): 100.
- "Metacritic: 2008 Film Critic Top Ten Lists". Metacritic. Retrieved January 11, 2009.[dead link]
- Flight of the Red Balloon at the Internet Movie Database
- Flight of the Red Balloon at AllMovie
- Flight of the Red Balloon at Rotten Tomatoes
- Flight of the Red Balloon at Metacritic
- Flight of the Red Balloon at Box Office Mojo