This is one of the most famous short films of the 20th century. It is widely praised for its beautiful shots of the streets of Paris.
It is about a boy and the balloon he finds one day while walking the streets. He later discovers that the balloon has a life of its own. This explains why many refer to this film as fantasy.
The theme of the film is the corruption of innocence, seen in the journey of the boy and his red balloon.
Interestingly, the director of this classic, Albert Lamorisse, was also the creator of the strategy boardgame, Risk. He also made another film after “The Red Balloon”, called “White Mane”, before he died tragically in a helicopter crash. “White Mane” is also well worth chasing down; it is perhaps even more memorable than this one.
Hope you like it.