The White Balloon (Badkonake sefid)
The White Balloon (Badkonake sefid) (1995)

A seven-year old girl's quest for a beautiful goldfish provides the basis of this charming Iranian children's drama set the day before Iran's New Year's eve celebration and filmed in real time. Razieh really wants this fish,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 14, 1997
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

By putting itself in sync with the rhythms of everyday life, it offers a reminder that the simplest forms of filmmaking can be the most satisfying.

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Andy Spletzer
Film.com

Raziah takes everything at face value, forcing us to look again at people and situations we would immediately judge as good or bad -- reason enough to see this film.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

In an era when ethnic hatred turns groups against each other, it is salutary to come across a film about universal qualities linking people from different cultures.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

We need to fall in love with Razieh to see the film properly, and we do.

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Tom Keogh
Film.com

Panahi brings film back to its elemental magic.

Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

[Mohammadkhani] has no screen presence and more over was about as much fun to listen to as someone scraping their fingers down a blackboard.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

Panahi has much the same kind of talent, a concern to make his film a kind of home for its characters, but he has not yet found [Kiarostami's] secret, how to find and hold the still point of the turning world.

Keith Simanton
Film.com

There are LONG stretches of... well, real time.

Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Explores childhood on its own terms, with great respect and an unerring sense of truth.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Daisy Maduro
It was brilliant, specially the simplicity of the movie, It is about a girl who sets out to buy a goldfish, but things happen on the way. This is a very slow… More