The red balloon

The red balloon

White mane

DVD - 2008 | French
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The red balloon: A French boy named Pascal discovers a stray red balloon in the streets of Paris. Pascal and the balloon become fast friends and share many adventures.
White Mane: A young fisherman living near the Rhone River in the vast plains of the Camargue in France wins the confidence of a wild stallion named White Mane.
Publisher: [New York] :, Janus Films,, 2008.
Edition: Full screen version.
ISBN: 9781604651072
Branch Call Number: FRE DVD FEATURE RED
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (74 mins.) : sound, black and white & color ; 4 3/4 in.
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May 24, 2019

What you have here are two very different films. The Red Balloon is by far the best. The balloon is definitely the star of the film, giving a bit of color to an otherwise drab setting. Very cute storyline about a boy who finds a rather amazing (and faithful ) balloon. This film is perfect for very young children, because of the lack of dialogue. Balloon adds a bit of drama and suspense before giving us a wonderful and satisfying ending. I was apprehensive about watching White Mane after reading the negative reviews about it, but decided to give it a chance. Its definitely a much different film than Balloon. Mane is shot entirely in black and white and the subject matter is a lot more harsh, with the cowboys constantly chasing after a white horse. I didn't find the fighting scenes quite as bad as I was led to believe, but this is definitely a film for older children. In fact, it moves rather slowly at times and I found myself wondering why this is considered a children's film. Adults should find it interesting and it plays out more like a short foreign film than something that would interest children. Overall, I am giving both films a combination of three stars, but Red Balloon is worthy of four.

May 02, 2016

The Red Balloon was wonderful and whimsical. Interesting to think about how the special effects were accomplished back in the 50s. I can see why this movie is a classic.
White Mane, on the other hand, was disturbing. Watching the horses fight, especially knowing there wasn't any sort of animal protection during filming back then, was upsetting. The relentless pursuit of this poor animal was also upsetting. I wouldn't recommend it for kids, though The Red Balloon would be fine.

Apr 23, 2016

Loved this whimsical and shining movie, set largely in the charming culture amid the devastation still prominent in Paris a few years after the war. The little boy ran with his red balloon through fields pockmarked with craters, and among buildings falling to bits, just as I remember London when I was a kid. Innocence triumphs, but not by overcoming evil, rather by escaping it, presenting a dilemma and a decision we all have to make eventually .... as someone said earlier in this thread, redemption is the theme ....... French existentialism at its height ...... White Mane is a similar movie made by the same folks, lovely adventure and ride .....

Mar 29, 2016

A sensitive and often funny film, but ultimately about redemption. I was distracted by wondering how they filmed it.

Mar 16, 2016

Saw this as a child (50 yrs ago) it is beautiful beyond description and has not lost it's magic 4 me or any children I introduce it 2. The lack of dialogue adds to the charm and it's universal appeal. It would be a shame 4 any child to miss the opportunity to view this; no matter what their age. A great way 2 spend some rainy day time.

Jun 16, 2015

The sweet innocence and charm of a bygone age.

d2013 Dec 21, 2014

A wonderful story of a little boy and a red balloon. Great film!

May 02, 2014

Wonderful and beautiful. A simple story of a boy and his balloon, who at times seems a little more human. Takes time to enable the viewer to invest in the story and it's central characters.

Mar 09, 2013

a magical tale of the lure of a red balloon.

Mar 13, 2010

There are hardly any words spoken in this film; however, it is a beautiful and poignant tribute to childhood and friendship, despite the violence and cruelty of the world.


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