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The White Balloon (1995)

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6/10: The White Balloon This Iranian...
Saturday, June 30, 2018

The White Balloon This Iranian film was one I found listed in the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, it was selected as an entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, but was not accepted as a nominee, I hoped it would be worthwhile. Basically in Teheran, it is the eve of the Iranian New Year, seven-year-old Razieh (Aida Mohammadkhani) has seen a goldfish in a shop and begins nagging her hurrying Mother (Fereshteh Sadr Orfani) to buy it for the festivities instead of the skinny ones in her family's pond at home. On their way home, the mother and daughter pass a crowd of men gathered to watch two snake charmers, Razieh wants to see what is happening, but her mother pulls her away. Back home, Razieh is upset her mother is refusing to let her a new goldfish but continues her campaign of nagging. Her older brother Ali (Mohsen...

8/10: The film narrates a simple...
Friday, July 12, 2013

The film narrates a simple stories in a sweet way, heartwarming way. Snake charmer: "You never take back what you've given! Your money is gone."After seeing Offside (2006), I decided to see more of Jafar Panahi and out of the three films I decided to see, The White Balloon is the first one.The White Balloon takes place on New Year's eve. Seven year old Razieh is sad because she saw beautiful gold fishes in a pet shop but her mother won't let her have any because they have a pond with gold fish already. It is a tradition to have a gold fish for New Year's and after discussing it with her brother, Ali - who is a few years older than Razieh - she manages to convince their mother to give them the money to buy a goldfish in exchange for a balloon that she received. Happy and with a 500 torans note in her...

7/10: Where's The Beauty Here...
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Where's The Beauty Here? I've read many other user's comments about this movie and most of them talk about the beautiful story of a Iranian little girl who is very worried for she has lost the money her mother gave to her. Well, the little girl's very cute, indeed, but the story, from my point of view, is far from being that beautiful.First off, the trouble she gets involved is all her fault. She just doesn't follow her mother's advices/orders like passing by a "dangerous" place or talking with strangers. Second, all she can do is cry and wait for others to solve the problem she caused by herself. Third, she's not capable of saying at least a small "Thank you" when everything becomes fine for her. Is this beautiful? I don't think so.Alright, you can say that she's so young and innocence is all she's got...

8/10: Deceptive on Multiple Levels I...
Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Deceptive on Multiple Levels I watched this movie totally by surprise. I found out just one hour before that it was scheduled on TV.It started slowly, maybe too slowly, or maybe too arid, for my taste, to become suddenly so cute, and not only cute, everything on the screen was real time, I was following breathlessly the adventures of the little girl, to find out, exactly at the end, that the movie was about something else.The White Balloon - you get the meaning of the title only in the last scene, after all movie was about getting the money, loosing and then trying to recuperate them to buy a goldfish.This movie is not only deceptive, it has multiple levels of deception.The author of the screenplay is Abbas Kiarostami, and the way it starts looks like a movie by Kiarostami about children (along with grown-ups not understanding the little ones). Where is the Friend's Home comes...

8/10: Strangers Assuming you're keeping...
Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Strangers Assuming you're keeping up-to-date with your current affairs, you'll have heard that the great democracy of Iran yesterday jailed director Jafar Panahi for six years, and forbade him from making movies, going abroad, or giving media interviews for the next twenty years. Allegedly, he had been producing a film critical of the Iranian government; that is, he was calling a spade a spade.As a sort of one-man protest, I decided to watch one of Panahi's movies. 'The White Balloon (1995)' was the director's feature debut, and won the Caméra d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. It tells an extremely simple tale, almost in real time: a young girl is given a 500-toman banknote to buy a goldfish for the Iranian New Year. On the way to the market, she loses the money down a sewer grate, and spends the rest of the film trying to get it back, either...

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