Flight of the Red Balloon

2008 NR 1h 55m DVD

Flight of the Red Balloon

2008 NR 1h 55m DVD
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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.
Juliette Binoche, Fang Song, Hippolyte Girardot, Simon Iteanu
Hsiao-hsien Hou
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English, English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
age 12+

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 child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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