Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge (The Flight of the Red Balloon)
Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge (The Flight of the Red Balloon) (2007)

Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge (Flight of the Red Balloon), which constitutes celebrated Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien's first French-language picture, represents both an homage to Albert Lamorisse's beloved 1956 short The Red… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 17, 2007
DVD Release Date: August 1, 2008
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Hou Hsiao-hsien's remake of the 1956 classic is unhurried, contemplative, and visually rapturous.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Binoche's energy, invention and concentration are phenomenal.

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

For all its fuss and fury, Flight of the Red Balloon succeeds magnificently, providing not only an artful homage to Lamorisse's Academy Award-winning short, but also a weightlessly floating tour of the French capital.

Daniel Kasman

...a release from a desire to control and finds joy in a simple pleasure, a simple presence, a lovely mood.

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Jonathan F. Richards

Lamorisse's film was a third of this length, and was lighter than air. Hou's is about the weight of air itself on a muggy day, and whether that sustains over 113 minutes will be between each viewer and his attention span.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

More often than not, the red balloon appears as a silent, benevolent witness to ethereal moments that [director] Hou has taken great care to capture.

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Patrick Z. McGavin
Stop Smiling

[Red Balloon] takes the ineffable and makes it concrete and visible.

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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star

The story of these people is certainly engaging. The conundrums of art and reality, of reflection and mirror images, presented by the movie are another matter - they seem at times gratuitous. But at least the movie does give us something to think about.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Plenty of well-meaning filmmakers advertise emotion without contextualizing it. Hou's latest film feels to me like a masterpiece responding intuitively to a masterpiece.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Hou's slice of backstreet Paris is quiet, composed, almost serene in spite of itself.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Hou's first film outside of Asia and his tribute to Lamorisse's Oscar-winning short is always engaging and pleasant to watch, even when at times we… More
Walter M.
"Brevity is the soul of wit." Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2 In "The Flight of the Red Balloon," Suzanne(Juliette Binoche) is a puppeteer and… More
Rubia Carolina
Visually strong and stunning and with a naturalistic plot, "The Flight of the Red Balloon" follows the characters and Paris´s day-by-day life. Nothing… More
John Ballantine
Ha ha! Hsaiao Hsien Hou does French...and he does it with the skill of the finest in French cinema. Juliette Binoche is fabulous...is she ever not?
William Dunmyer
[font=Garamond][size=3]I was astonished by how boring [b]Hou Hsiao-Hsien[/b]'s "Flight of the Red Balloon" was. It was, as the French would say,… More
William Goss
Convincingly acted, but oh so very eye-rottingly dull. I'm all for movies without plot, but is a point too much to ask for?