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NYFF Review: Flight of the Red Balloon

By October 1, 2007

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Hou Hsiao-hsien's Flight of the Red Balloon is a charming homage to the 1956 French classic by Albert Lamorisse and an intimate portrait of a unique Paris family. A blond Juliette Binoche stars as Suzanne, an accomplished puppeteer who a hires a Taiwanese nanny (Song Fang) for her gentle seven-year-old son Simon (Simon Iteanu). Read Marcy's review of Flight of the Red Balloon.

Flight of the Red Balloon will be showing at the New York Film Festival on October 7 and 8.

More from the 45th New York Film Festival: halfway through the fest, here's a handy list of movies we've reviewed so far.

Multimedia: We have video footage from the press conference for The Darjeeling Limited, where Wes Anderson, Jason Schwartzman, Adrien Brody, Roman Coppola, Amara Karan, and Waris Ahluwalia talked about their Indian adventure, Jean Renoir, and badminton rivalries.  Also, watch Abel Ferrara, Willem Defoe, and Sylvia Miles reminisce about Leonardo DiCaprio and the strip clubs of yore at the Go Go Tales press conference

Still not enough coverage for you? Fellow bloggers and critics, not content with writing anymore, have taken to podcasting and videocasting from the fest. At GreenCine Daily, Andrew Grant, and Aaron Hillis talk to Andrew O'Hehir about Carlos Reygadas's Stellet Licht and with Charles Taylor about 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days.  Reeler TV features The Darjeeling Limited and The Orphanage, and Jamie Stuart is back with the first of his much-beloved video shorts. At the IFC Blog, Alison Willmore and Matt Singer are posting daily video dispatches.

Coming soon: We've got reviews in the works for Juan Antonio Bayona's The Orphanage, Bela Tarr's The Man From London, and our favorite festival film yet, Lee Chang-dong's Secret Sunshine. Later this week, we're looking forward to screenings of Noah Baumbach's first collaboration with wife Jennifer Jason Leigh, Margot at the Wedding, Catherine Breillat's The Last Mistress, Todd Haynes's Dylan film I'm Not There, and the hotly anticipated Cormack McCarthy adaption No Country For Old Men, directed by the Coen Brothers.


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