Tim Purtell
October 22, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Flight of the Red Balloon

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
115 minutes
Limited Release Date
04/04/08
performer
Juliette Binoche, Simon Iteanu, Hippolyte Girardot
director
Hou Hsiao-Hsien
author
Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Francois Margolin
genre
Drama

We gave it a B

Small things happen in Hou Hsiao Hsien’s delicate expansion of 1956’s Flight of the Red Balloon. Under the impassive eye of a mostly static camera, a harried puppeteer divorcée (Binoche) juggles parenting and everyday travails as her mop-headed son plays piano and pinball. This precious fable will either enchant, or induce ADD. B

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