The White Balloon (1995)

Genres - Children's/Family, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Childhood Drama, Family-Oriented Adventure  |   Release Date - Jan 24, 1996 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Iran  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Iranian filmmaker Jafar Pinahi's debut feature The White Balloon tells the story of Razieh (Aida Mohammadkhani), a seven-year-old girl intent on buying a new goldfish in time for Tehran's annual New Year's Day festivities (in Iranian culture, the goldfish is a symbol of life). Upon badgering her mother into giving her a 500-toman banknote, Razieh heads off to the marketplace alone; it is her first real experience away from her parents' watchful eyes, and the excitement and wonder she feels is palpable. Told in real time, the film's sensitive portrayal of Razieh's wide-eyed misadventures superbly conveys the impact which an otherwise unremarkable chain of events can indelibly leave upon the life of a child. Her struggle to prove her independence is dramatically undercut when she loses the banknote not once but twice, but her spirit and ingenuity nevertheless remain indefatigable.

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stranger, childhood, con/scam, fishing, friendship, ghetto, girl, responsibility, search

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High Artistic Quality