The White Balloon (1996)

White Balloon
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating R
Runtime 1hr 25mins.
Genres Drama
Keywords children's
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Jafar Panahi Editor n/a 172 7000001
Fatemeh Tamidi Photography stills photographer 120835 6000003
Mahmoud Heydari Assistant Camera Operator assistant cameraman 120849 6000002
Farzad Judat Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Jafar Panahi Set Designer set design 202 9000001
Mojtaba Mortazavi Sound Engineer n/a 120916 14000001
Mehdi Dejbodi Other mixing engineer 120795 26000003
Parviz Shahbazi Other from idea 120795 26000002
Jafar Panahi Other from idea 120795 26000001
Sa'ied Ahmadi Sound Engineer n/a 120916 14000002
Behrouz Hamed Saberi Assistant Director n/a 163 5000005
Parviz Shahbazi Assistant Director n/a 163 5000004
Mohammad Shahani Actor Soldier 1 1000005
Anna Borkowska Actor Old Woman 1 1000004
Fereshteh Sadr Orafai Actor Mother 1 1000003
Mohsen Kafili Actor Ali 1 1000002
Mohammad Bahktiari Actor Tailor 1 1000006
Jafar Panahi Director n/a 2 2000001
Kurosh Mazkouri Production Manager n/a 305 5000003
Behrouz Hamed Saberi Unit Manager n/a 120832 5000002
Mehran Rassam Unit Manager n/a 120832 5000001
Abbas Kiarostami Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Aida Mohammadkhani Actor Razieh 1 1000001
Set in downtown Tehran on March 21st, New Year's Day, the story follows the adventures of Razieh, a self-reliant 7-year-old whose heart is set on buying a particular plump, multi-finned goldfish for her family's New Year's celebration. Razieh's mother reluctantly relinquishes her last bank note for the extravagant purchase, instructing the child to return with plenty of change. Razieh ventures alone to the hectic marketplace to buy her special goldfish, but a pair of crafty snake charmers promptly swindle her out of her bank note. She recovers her cash only to lose it again before reaching the pet shop. At the shop, a kind eldery woman helps the desperate child retrace her steps until she locates the money in an unreachable spot beneath a curbside cellar gate. As the surrounding vendors and merchants close shop for the long holiday weekend, Razieh tries to enlist the assistance of several adults, none of whom seem to take seriously the magnitude of her predicament.