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The White Balloon

(Badkonake sefid)

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Jafar Panahi
Country of origin and year
Iran 1995
85 minutes
Rated U
Cast: Aida Mohammadkhani, Mohsen Kafili, Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy.

Persian with English subtitles

Jafar Panahi’s masterpiece about a little girl who won’t take no for an answer. Razieh wants a new goldfish to celebrate the Iranian New Year, even though she’s already got several. But when her mum caves in and gives her the money, that’s only the start of her adventure. What’s a white balloon got to do with it? You’ll have to wait to the end to find out. Utterly real, quietly hilarious, totally brilliant. One of the most honest films ever made.




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