Iranian filmmaker Jafar Pinahi's debut feature The White Balloon tells the story of Razieh (Aida Mohammadkhani), a seven-year-old girl intent on buying a new goldfish in time for Tehran's annual New Year's Day festivities (in Iranian culture, the goldfish is a symbol of life). Upon badgering her mother into giving her a 500-toman banknote, Razieh heads off to the marketplace alone; it is her first real experience away from her parents' watchful eyes, and the excitement and wonder she feels is palpable. Told in real time, the film's sensitive portrayal of Razieh's wide-eyed misadventures superbly conveys the impact which an otherwise unremarkable chain of events can indelibly leave upon the life of a child. Her struggle to prove her independence is dramatically undercut when she loses the banknote not once but twice, but her spirit and ingenuity nevertheless remain indefatigable.
- MPAA Rating: Not Rated
- Genre(s): Drama,Family
- Run Time: 90min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 12/04/1995
Fereshtch Sadr Orfani
- Themes: Mischievous Children,Race Against Time,Obsessive Quests
- Tone: Atmospheric,Light,Heartwarming,Lyrical,Witty,Earnest
childhood, con/scam, fishing, girl, responsibility, search, friendship, ghetto, stranger
- Language: Farsi