UP AND DOWN (Jan Hrebějk, 2004)

Eventually both story-lines of Horem pádem, from the Czech Republic, intersect. One is fine; the other, terrible.      The film begins with two truck drivers unloading their delivery of illegal Indian immigrants in the middle of nowhere in the dead of night. They discover that a baby has been (accidentally) left behind. “Got any formula?” one […]

FLIGHT OF THE RED BALLOON (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2007)

Seven-year-old Simon’s communion with it, and his attempt to get a tiny grip on it, precede a red balloon’s ascension to the Paris skies. Thereafter, at liberty, it becomes a floating cherry moon possibly safeguarding the child, passing by windows and punctuating his childhood with its gracious presence. Simon does not see it, although his […]