Flight of the Red Balloon
Puppet theater voice actress Suzanne (Juliette Binoche) lives with her young son Simon (Simon Iteanu) in a tiny Parisian apartment. With her hectic schedule, she has little time to care for the boy and leaves most of her mothering duties to baby sitter Song (Fang Song). As Suzanne becomes embroiled in a court case involving her downstairs tenant, Song and Simon become intrigued by a red balloon that starts following them around the city.
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- Hsiao-hsien Hou
NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
English, English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
French: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this French-language film will not appeal to kids who aren't ready to read subtitles during movies. Families with foreign-film-savvy children should know that this one includes some mature themes about family make-up (single mother, absentee father, full-time nanny), relationships, and urban life. There's no violence or consumerism, but a few French profanities are translated into the subtitles ("s--t" is the most frequent culprit). Unsurprisingly, some adult characters smoke and drink wine.
- Sexual Content
- Discussion of marriage and relationships but nothing overtly sexual.
- Not applicable
- Subtitled language includes "bitch," "s--t," "idiot," and "stupid."
- Social Behavior
- The themes of the movie are about the importance of family, art, and city life.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Not surprisingly, since this is a French film, adults smoke cigarettes fairly regularly and drink wine with meals.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it