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Another gem from Iran,
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This review is from: The White Balloon [VHS]  (VHS Tape)
Set in Tehran this simple and enchanting film is testament to the power of cinema. There is no need for special effects, fancy editing, big stars or even complicated storylines. This movie completely engrosses you as it transports you to a child's perspective and you become as heart set on buying that goldfish as the little girl in the film is.
It will take you back to when you were a child and really little things meant a great deal. Not to mention the frustration children feel when adults are too busy to listen to them or care about their troubles.
The non professional cast are utterly believable to the point where it feels like a documentary, coupled with the fact it is shot in real time.
Fans of neo-realist Italian classics such as The Bicycle Thieves will find alot to love in this film. It has that same feeling of a simple story turned into a tense and engrossing mission.
A must see!