We live in an era, where politics and other factors brings out the best and worst out of us.
For some people, this may even include the ethnic hatred among people. The kind of hatred that makes us want to fight against one another.It’s this kind of hate that makes me relived to come across a film like “The White Balloon,” which reminds us of the universal human qualities linking people from different cultures together. Although I didn’t get to view this film in class, I did get to view this in my own home while I was taking care of my sick mother.
The film starts by telling us that it is an hour and a half before a new year begins in Teheran, and the city is poised for celebration. A very cute and adorable 7-year-old girl named Razieh 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 sweet-talks her mother into giving her money for the fish, but then the money is accidentally lost.Razieh enlists the help of several strangers to try rescuing it from beneath an iron grate. For the rest of the film, we experience her mishaps and see the world through her eyes as a place that’s large and bizarre and unclear. The brilliance of the film, is in its simplicity.
The story that unfolds is about the little girl’s adventure with the shop owners and the strangers in the street she is not supposed to talk to but does. We get caught up in it, because it is so universally understood. Without overstretching his story, HYPERLINK “http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0070159/” the director of this film strings together a set of encounters that are revealing and intense. He displays a strange ability to dramatize this child’s view of a multicolored society without making an obsession of her perspective. For the film to work, the director needed to build suspense and make us feel Razieh’s dilemma. This includes her desire to find the money and bring home the prized goldfish and change for her mother.
That absolutely works here, mostly because Razieh is so magical and so believable. Her natural warmth and persistent determination make her recognizable to anyone who has ever been a child. Moving on to a different portion of the film, the screenplay has colorful characters with observations that include different interactions between children and adults. Apart from its simplicity, the movie gives us a rare glimpse into the real Iran. Here, free of political shading, we meet the genuine residents of Tehran, and, unsurprisingly, the audience finds that they’re not all that different from us.
If you can sit through this 85-minute film with patience, you might uncover a sublime, unconventionally engrossing story.