I love French films. The French just have such a vivid way of telling stories in all art forms—whether it’s in film, music, or even fashion. A short film (35 minutes) I recommend you watch is “Le Ballon Rouge,” (The Red Balloon). Made in 1956, and a winner at the Oscars and Cannes Film Festival, “Le Ballon Rouge” is a simple story of a little boy and his red balloon, which he finds on his way to school. The balloon seems to have a mind of its own, as it follows the little boy around Paris. Just watching that kid run with his balloon is precious enough. He’s like a little flounder out of water—so cute! There is a musical score, but very little verbal speech throughout the movie. I love it. It’s a most darling film, and even emotional at the end. A seemingly insignificant story ends up leaving you with a great message about bullying. It’s magnificent. It’s simply magnificent.
It’s funny, people these days spend millions of dollars on a crap film, when all you need is a good story.
Albert Lamorisse, without a doubt, created a timeless film to be enjoyed by all, combining humor and drama into a simple yet powerful little package.
BIG LOVE & HUGS