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BALLOON (12A)
BALLOON (12A) Thursday 4 November 7:45PM
  • Country: China (Tibet) 2019
  • Director: Pema Tseden
  • Language: Tibetan with English subtitles
  • Runtime: 1hr 48mins
  • Tickets: £8.50 / £7.50 / £5
  • Venue: Studio
  • With: Sonam Wangmo, Jinpa, Yangshik Tso

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Sex, faith and politics collide in Pema Tseden’s exceptional film. When Drolkar’s two boisterous youngest sons blow up the household’s few remaining condoms, mistaking them for balloons, she’s left with an impossible decision. China has just introduced its One Child Policy and with three children already, there’s no way she can have another. But her husband, Dargye, is still as horny as one of his prize rams...

Tseden deftly balances his subject matter with humour and tenderness. With its cool colour palette, attentive handheld camerawork, and painterly passages, Balloon approaches its story with a sense of wonder and includes scene-stealing performances from the two young boys.

“Balloon is a poetic, bleak, funny, and deeply humane portrait of life in rural Tibet.” CineVue
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