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5,651 Ratings

The Red Balloon

Le Ballon Rouge

Directed by Albert Lamorisse
France, 1956
Short, Comedy, Drama


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.

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The Red Balloon Directed by Albert Lamorisse

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1956 | Winner: Palme d'Or - Best Short Film

2007 | Directors' Fortnight

Academy Awards

1957 | Winner: Best Writing, Best Screenplay - Original

National Board of Review

1957 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

Critics reviews

As with the best picture books, it’s hard to separate The Red Balloon’s scant narrative from its delicate and ingenious design.
February 23, 2017
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