The White Balloon ★★★★

The White Balloon is an indicative movie which fluctuates between happiness and sadness. It’s the feature-film debut of director Jafar Panahi (This Is Not a Film) and won the Prix de la Camera d'Or at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. There’s a certain elegance in the movie's simplicity, which mostly concerns itself through the perspective of seven-year-old Razieh (played wonderfully by Aida Mohammadkhani) as she negotiates the buildup to the start of the New Year in Teheran. The everyday characters all seem realistic, but through the eyes of the young adult look like unmanageable obscurities. It all makes for an individualistically fascinating story.

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