Dir. by Hou Hsiao-hsien (2007). The Flight of the Red Balloon is explicitly an outsider's movie, full of odd perspectives and founded on dislocation. Typically, Hou's narrative rhythms allow for long periods in which not much happens, followed by a cascade of overlapping information. In its unexpected rhythms and visual surprises, its creative misunderstandings and outré syntheses, its structural innovations and experimental performances (notably that of Juliet Binoche), this is a movie of genius.
Sun., Sept. 20, 2:30, 5:30 & 8:30 p.m., 2009