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Posted January 16, 2011
Red, White And Great For All Ages
The Criterion Collection has such a plethora of excellent films that it seeemed only evitable they would come out with some children's films. These two are not only among the finest children's films ever made but they can be enjoyed in any genre or age group. The first film, "The Red Balloon" is a film that most of us have seen. But I don't think too many have seen "White Mane", which is just as great. They were both made by the same French filmmaker, Albert Lamorisse, and they contain the same themes of children who are lonely, misunderstood and are willing to take chances against a cruel society. "The Red Balloon" tells the story of a Parisian boy who buys himself a balloon that follows him everywhere (including to church) as if it has a will of its own. This delightful film has won several awards, including an Oscar, and time has not marred its message or its charm. "White Mane", on the other hand, is about a boy living in a French wilderness who tries to take on a horse that despises humans. This one has more action in it and sad to say, a more sobering climax. But it too remains a timeless cinematic marvel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.