Monday, September 26, 2011

Flight of the Red Balloon (2007)

This is an imperfect-but-creditable French movie. Simon is a lonely young boy who enjoys playing pinball and the PlayStation and also takes piano lessons. His divorced mother Suzanne (Juliette Binoche) is a puppeteer and she hires a nanny to watch him during the day. Suzanne has an older daughter living in Brussels who plans to move back home to attend college. Another tenant is staying in the basement, but he is unreliable about paying his share of the rent.

This is Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien's first Western film and was inspired by the 1956 short film The Red Balloon.

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