Bamboo pole is not only one end - "White Balloon"

Kade 2022-07-07 11:04:16

When the meaningful shot at the end of the film was fixed on the screen, boundless thinking followed, occupying my mind; the white balloon was like a white chess piece. The "chess game" of the film.

It should be said that this is an authentic oriental movie, because it contains the wisdom and philosophy of the oriental people. There is one reason why Iranian films have been able to make Westerners applaud over the past decade. Abbas's accomplished screenwriter and rising star Panahi's unique and novel perspective present an exquisite video game. The use of non-professional actors has achieved pure and simple "real benefits"; the interspersed interspersed with various groups of people and various dialects have achieved broad and deep "external potential"; many details provide countless expandable "robbery materials" beyond the story. ”; the precise grasp of scene scheduling and video rhythm finally completed the “movement” from objective to subjective.

This is a bit off topic, so let's go back to the movie itself. The film begins when a little girl wants to get a goldfish, and ends when the Afghan boy leaves with a white balloon. The main line of the story is neither a goldfish nor a balloon, but a wish; but this is by no means a simple wish of someone, but a wish under the generalized dialectical thinking of sociality and morality. Personally, I think the bamboo pole has become the real protagonist. One end is connected with the little girl's honesty, and the other end is the sympathy that we must not ignore. The whole plot seems to be the joy, anxiety, depression and anxiety experienced by the little girl in order to get the goldfish, but in fact, the title of the film is deducted from the other end of the bamboo pole. ".

For a long time, children's films have accounted for the vast majority of Iranian films. The young actor's demeanor in "White Balloon" is unquestionably unique, and her every move touches everyone's heart. When she needs help, some people around her lend a helping hand, while others are indifferent; The various conditions of life have subtly influenced and influenced her emotions, and even guided her growth. This is objective reality. If it wasn't for the Afghan boy, perhaps she would have been standing at the door of the store, feeling helpless for the goldfish, which symbolizes good luck and peace. When she fulfilled her wish and ran away innocently, she left the loss to the Afghan teenager. This is the subjective reality, the reality worth thinking about. The straightforward and naive truth of children should be forgiven, but the indifference and alienation in the adult world should not be agreed. A children's film can reflect the social judgment and moral concerns of the adult world, which is enough to reflect the directorial skills and life attitudes of both Abbas and Panahi. What's more clever is that the two did not express their subtlety and wit.

Looking at the big picture, taking care of the corners, giving up properly, and vying for the first, it is no wonder that a film shot under such a momentum can compete in Venice; how can it not win the Golden Lion Award when it occupies the best time, location, and people.

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The White Balloon quotes

  • Ali: You're whining again!

    Razieh: Mom refuses to give me money for the goldfish.

    Ali: Don't you like ours?

    Razieh: You call these goldfish, you haven't seen the others. It's as though they're dancing when they move their fins. And they've got so many fins.

    Ali: How much?

    Razieh: The shopkeeper said 100 tomans.

    Ali: 100 tomans! You want to pay 100 tomans for a goldfish. You can watch two films with that money. You're nuts.

  • Shop Owner: Time to go home now.