Taiwanese master Hou pays homage to Lamorisse's The Red Balloon. Juliette Binoche gives a powerful performance as Suzanne, a single mother and professional puppeteer who hires Song (Song Fang), a young Taiwanese film student, to care for her son. Filmed in 10-minute, unrehearsed takes, and shot using only natural light, this is a gentle, stunning ode to Paris and childhood.
Red and White: Program 2
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Thursday, December 30, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Phyllis Wattis Theater
Le voyage du ballon rouge (Flight of the Red Balloon), Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2008, 115 min., 35mm
French with English subtitles
Image: Hsiao-hsien Hou, Voyage de la Balloon Rouge (The Flight of the Red Balloon), 2007; courtesy IFC Films