The Red Balloon

Le Ballon Rouge

33 mins
8.6 / 10 (5742)


In this nearly wordless children’s fable, a red balloon forms a life of its own and starts to follow a young boy through his daily activities around the streets of Paris.

MUBI's take

Starring director Albert Lamorisse’s own son, this timeless classic is one of cinema’s most iconic and beloved of short films—a buoyant, fervent fable that has enchanted audiences young and old. Winner of the Palme d’Or, the Prix Louis Delluc, and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay!

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