The White Balloon - 1995

Directed by Jafar Panahi

A young girl wants to buy a goldfish for the Persian New Year but looses her money on route to the shop.

Color, 1 hour 25 minutes, Farsi

Original Title: Baadkona-ke Safid

Trailer currently not available

Star Rating


Firouzan Rank # 16

Cast


Aida Mohammad Khani Raziyeh
Mohsen Kafili Ali
Fereshteh Sadr Orfani Mother
Anna Bour Kowfska Old Lady
Mohammad Bakhtiari Taylor
Mohammad Shahani Soldier

Crew


Writer Abbas Kiarostami
Director Jafar Panahi
Producer Koroush Maskouri
Director of Photography Farzad Djodat
Sound Recordist Mojtaba Mortazavi
Saied Ahmadi
Production Designer Jafar Panahi
Editor Jafar Panahi
Sound Mixer Mehdi Dejbodi

Pictures


Raziyeh (Aida Mohammad Khani) wants only to buy the perfect goldfish.

Raziyeh (Aida Mohammad Khani) wants only to buy the perfect goldfish.

'It's as though they're dancing when they move their fins.'

"It's as though they're dancing when they move their fins."

Raziyeh can not find her mother's money.

Raziyeh can not find her mother's money.

A kind old lady helps Raziyeh retrace her footsteps.

A kind old lady helps Raziyeh retrace her footsteps.

Spotting the money.

Spotting the money.

Bad luck strikes as the bill is knocked into the grating.

Bad luck strikes as the bill is knocked into the grating.

Raziyeh's brother Ali (Mohsen Kafili) is not happy with her predicament.

Raziyeh's brother Ali (Mohsen Kafili) is not happy with her predicament.

The children prove to be quite industrious.

The children prove to be quite industrious.

Success puts things in perspective.

Success puts things in perspective.

The White Balloon.

The White Balloon.

DVD


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External Reviews


By Janet Maslin The New York Times

It is an hour and a half before a new year begins in Teheran (on March 21), and the city is poised for celebration. A stern and adorable 7-year-old girl named Raziyeh (Aida Mohammad Khani) is pouting about not having the right goldfish for this occasion. The fish at home are skinny. She wants a fat one with better fins. So she wheedles her mother into giving her money for this purchase, but then the money is accidentally lost. Raziyeh enlists the help of several strangers to try retrieving it from beneath an iron grate. Continued



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