"Flight Of The Red Balloon" - A highlight at the 2007 Cannes, Toronto and New York film festivals, "Flight Of The Red Balloon" is the latest masterpiece from Hou Hsiao Hsien. Inspired by Albert Lamorisse's 1956 Academy Award Winning classic, "The Red Balloon," Hou expands on its key elements-a young boy, a red balloon and Paris- to weave an achingly beautiful tale on the mysteries of familial bonds and the lingering effects the past has on us all. A precious young boy, Simon (Simon Iteanu) must deal with the increasing fragility of his mother, the loving yet preoccupied Suzanne (Academy Award Winner Juliette Binoche). Completely immersed in her own tribulations, Suzanne hires Song (Song Fan), a Taiwanese film student, to help care for Simon. Together with Song, a unique extended family is formed, utterly interdependent yet lost in separate thoughts and dreams mirrored by a delicate, shiny red balloon.
STARRING: Juliette Binoche, Simon Iteanu, Song Fang, Hippolyte Girardot, Louise Margolin
DIRECTOR: Hou Hsiao Hsien
RATING: Not Rated