Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, April 18, 2008

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

  • Film
  • Fees Apply

(Taiwan/France/2007) Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien)

Hou Hsiao-hsien’s ineffably serene film is not so much a remake of Albert Lamorisse’s children’s classic The Red Balloon as a complex homage (one that stands entirely on its own) refracted through the complications of life in modern Paris. Juliette Binoche is Suzanne, the proprietor of a marionette theater and the single mother of a lonely boy named Simon (Simon Iteanu) who spends his days with his Chinese au pair, Song (Song Fang). Simon and Song watch as the adults around them come apart at the seams, with joy and anguish, love and hatred…while the mysterious and graceful red balloon drifts across the intoxicating Parisian landscape. Hou’s film is heartbreakingly beautiful both visually and in its eloquent emotional structure, and it is graced with a surprisingly powerful, truly memorable performance from Binoche as a harried single mother trying her best to raise her son despite the domestic rupture in her life – and the wide-ranging ripple effect that results. Cannes and New York Film Festivals. In French with English subtitles. (114 min.) Fri. and Sat. at 7:00; Sun. at 4:00 and 7:00

“Unexpectedly moving… a lovely, lovely film.”       -Manohla Dargis, The New York Times