Newly restored and available for the first time in almost a decade, Albert Lamorisse's The Red Balloon remains one of the most beloved children's films of all time. In this deceptively simple, nearly wordless tale, a young boy discovers a stray balloon that seems to have a mind of its own. Wandering through the streets of Paris, the two become inseparable, to the surprise of the neighborhood and the envy of other children. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival, The Red Balloon has enchanted the young—and the young at heart—for decades, and it will surely find a new generation of fans with this rerelease.
In the south of France is a near-desert region called La Camargue. There lives White Mane, a magnificent stallion and the leader of a herd of wild horses too proud to let themselves be broken in by humans. Only Folco, a young fisherman, manages to tame him. A strong friendship grows between the boy and the horse, but they must elude the wrangler and his herdsmen to live freely. Janus Films is proud to bring this film, beloved by generations of French children, to North America in a glorious new restoration. (White Mane is presented in a new English translation, faithful to the original French voiceover and dialogue, spoken by Peter Strauss.)
The Red Balloon, White Mane, and another classic children's film, Bill Mason's Paddle to the Sea, are now available to order on DVD. Click here for more information on these releases.
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