We live in a era, where politics and other factors brings out the ethnic hatred among people, and makes us fight against one another. So, it is often great to come across a film like "The White Balloon," which reminds us of the universal human qualities linking people from different cultures together.
Iranian films are not big in terms of budget. But, the simple yet appealing movies from Iran, are greater than the big-budget crowd-pleaser. The White Balloon, written by Abbas Kiarostami and directed by one of his proteges, Jafar Panahi, has the characteristic slow, noble tone, and in terms of its minimalist narrative, it's reminiscent of Vittorio De Sica's Italian classic, The Bicycle Thief. The movie is told from the vantage point of a 7-year-old girl Razieh (Aida), in real time.
PlotIt 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 Razieh (Aida Mohammadkhani) 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 cajoles her mother into giving her money for this purchase, but then the money is accidentally lost.
Razieh enlists the help of several strangers to try retrieving it from beneath an iron grate. For the rest of the film, we experience her misadventures and see the world through her eyes as a place that's large and strange and uncertain.