Brent and I are slowly working on our collection of Criterion movies. We recently added the incredible French short, Le Ballon Rouge. It’s 34 minutes of minimal dialogue, beautiful music, and incredible footage from the streets of a 1950s Paris. A small boy finds a red balloon on his way to school, and the two instantly develop a sentimental relationship. The balloon follows him around town, becoming anthropomorphized and gaining a character of its own. The movie is sweet, charming, and entertaining – ending with an image that surely inspired Pixar’s movie Up. Who doesn’t love a cute french boy running through the streets of Paris with a colorful balloon in tow?! Watch it if you can, you won’t regret it.
(Image from here.)