The Red Balloon

The Red Balloon

Albert Lamorisse (1956)

U Certificate


Our Score
The first dialogue-less film to receive an Oscar nomination for its screenplay since the silent era (it went on to win), Albert Lamorisse's simple fable about the unique friendship between a lonely boy and a vibrant red balloon remains one of the most enchanting children's films ever made. Responding with adorable naturalism to his father's direction, Pascal Lamorisse seems lost in awe at the mischievous balloon's ingenuity as it follows him across Paris and into his classroom. The triumph of loyalty and love over envy and cruelty is a weighty message for such a slight tale. But Lamorisse carries it off magnificently with a joyous balloon-filled finale.


A boy is followed around the streets of Paris by a red balloon with a life of its own. Short fantasy drama, directed by Albert Lamorisse and starring Pascal Lamorisse. In French.

Cast & Crew

Little boy Pascal Lamorisse
Little girl Sabine Lamorisse
Director Albert Lamorisse

Other Information

ColourTheatrical distributor: Films de France LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray