Flight of the Red Balloon Soars

Hou Hsiao-hsien and his red balloon watch over a lonely mother and son in this reimagined art-house ET

Juliette Binoche: One of those cool moms
Tsai Cheng-Tai
Juliette Binoche: One of those cool moms

Since late January, New York audiences have been harvesting the riches of the 2007 Cannes Film Festival—Cristian Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park, Alexander Sokurov's Alexandra, "New Directors" highlights La France and Jellyfish, Asia Argento's performance in Boarding Gate. But Flight of the Red Balloon is in a class by itself. In its unexpected rhythms and visual surprises, its structural innovations and experimental perfs, its creative misunderstandings and its outré syntheses, this is a movie of genius.

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