- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 55 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 21, 2008
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Ifc
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital - French
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Total Film - 04/01/2008
4 stars out of 5 -- "Hsiao-Hsien has such a calm, compassionate eye that even the everyday goings-on in Binoche's boho apartment...feel touched by magic."
Film Comment - 03/01/2008
"[Hou's] gamble more than pays off, the substance of this deceptively light and pleasingly pretty film lingering long after the red balloon bloats away."
Empire - 04/01/2008
3 stars out of 5 -- "Hou's exquisitely crafted scenes of domestic chaos and Paris' unforgiving streets provide the perfect backdrop for his meditation on art's ability to add both strain and beauty to people's daily lives.'
Sight and Sound - 04/01/2008
"Binoche jolts her scenes awake....The film's sketchy, improvised dialogue springs to life in her hands....Her frazzled, human performance is the film's keystone..."
New York Times - 04/04/2008
"Mr. Hou's films can be crushingly sad; as with Bresson and Ozu, his restraint only deepens the emotional power of his work..."
Entertainment Weekly - 04/11/2008
"[With] floating notions about loneliness and urban beauty, frazzled adults and buffeted kids....Juliette Binoche is outstanding..."
Los Angeles Times - 04/18/2008
"[A] great example of the director's even-hand and assured command of the medium....Ultimately, THE FLIGHT OF THE RED BALLOON feels so naturalistic and true to life that it can only be both."
Premiere - 03/31/2008
4 stars out of 5 -- "Part of Hou's genius is imbuing this material with emotion that is genuine and tender but never sentimental. This is a slice of life that implies so much more than what's on its surface."
Total Film - 11/01/2008
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he director conjures an artful combination of the mundane and the poetic that suggest magic can be found just about anywhere."
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