The White Balloon - 1995
Directed by Jafar Panahi
A young girl wants to buy a goldfish for the Persian New Year but looses her money on route to the shop.
Color, 1 hour 25 minutes, Farsi
Original Title: Baadkona-ke Safid
Trailer currently not available
Firouzan Rank # 16
|Aida Mohammad Khani||Raziyeh|
|Fereshteh Sadr Orfani||Mother|
|Anna Bour Kowfska||Old Lady|
|Director of Photography||Farzad Djodat|
|Sound Recordist||Mojtaba Mortazavi
|Production Designer||Jafar Panahi|
|Sound Mixer||Mehdi Dejbodi|
Raziyeh (Aida Mohammad Khani) wants only to buy the perfect goldfish.
"It's as though they're dancing when they move their fins."
Raziyeh can not find her mother's money.
A kind old lady helps Raziyeh retrace her footsteps.
Spotting the money.
Bad luck strikes as the bill is knocked into the grating.
Raziyeh's brother Ali (Mohsen Kafili) is not happy with her predicament.
The children prove to be quite industrious.
Success puts things in perspective.
The White Balloon.
This movie is currently only available on VHS
By Janet Maslin The New York Times
It is an hour and a half before a new year begins in Teheran (on March 21), and the city is poised for celebration. A stern and adorable 7-year-old girl named Raziyeh (Aida Mohammad Khani) 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 wheedles her mother into giving her money for this purchase, but then the money is accidentally lost. Raziyeh enlists the help of several strangers to try retrieving it from beneath an iron grate. Continued
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