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Balloon  2019
气球 / Qi Qiu
Director:  Pema Tseden
Producer:
  Huang Xufeng and Jacky Pang Wah-Pang
Art Director:
  Daktse Dundrup
Editor:
  Liao Ching-Sung and Jin Di
Music:
  Peyman Yazdanian
Screenplay:
  Pema Tseden
Director of Photography:
  Songye Lu
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Cast:
spacer1 Sonam Wangmo
spacer1 Jinpa
spacer1 Yangshik Tso
spacer1 Konchok
spacer1 Kunde
spacer1 Sonham Lhundro
spacer1 Shide Nyima
spacer1 Palden Nyrma
spacer1 Kangchen Tsering
spacer1 Dechen Yagzom
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spacer1 Konchok spacer1 Kunde spacer1 Sonham Lhundro
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spacer1 Sonam Wangmo spacer1 Jinpa
spacer1 Yangshik Tso spacer1 Konchok
spacer1 Kunde spacer1 Sonham Lhundro
spacer1 Shide Nyima spacer1 Palden Nyrma
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Synopsis:
At once playful and allusive, Balloon's first moments are viewed through the misty curvature of an inflated condom. Shepherd Dargye's two boys have found their parents' stash, delighting in what for them are simply oblong balloons. The Chinese government has instituted quotas on family size, and Dargye's wife Drolkar, now a mother to three and content to end her childbearing days, has embraced the policy, requesting condoms from a nearby clinic.

Meanwhile, Drolkar's sister, Shangchu Drolma, has renounced motherhood altogether by becoming a Buddhist nun. One day, she runs into an old boyfriend, Dakbum Gyal, whose neglect pushed her towards her vocation — and who has recently published an acclaimed novel that fictionalizes their relationship. The sisters, each in their own way, are making steps towards autonomy. But when a member of the family passes away, urgent new questions arise regarding a woman's duty in this traditional, highly religious community.

Review:
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. Its closing sequence, in which each character gazes upward to glimpse some fleeting spectacle, will leave you with a sense of wonder you won't soon shake off.

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