A Tibetan family in the 1980s struggles against the conflicting dictates of nature, spirituality, politics, and free will.
Dargye (Jinpa) and Drolkar’s (Sonam Wango) two boisterous youngest sons have blown up their parents’ condoms like balloons. Not only does this outrage their entire village, but more practically: they have no more condoms. The shepherd couple already have three children, and as China has recently introduced its one-child policy, they can’t have any more.
With its cool colour palette, attentive handheld camerawork, and painterly passages that seem to transpire somewhere between this world and the next, Balloon approaches weighty themes with beguiling brio and a sense of wonder.
A BFI FAN New Release. Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, and funded by Screen Scotland and Lottery funding from the BFI.
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Length: 117 minutes
Director: Pema Tseden
Cast: Stars Sonam, Wangmo Jinpa, Yangshik Tso
Language: Chinese Tibetan with English subtitles