Flight of the Red Balloon is like a love song to cinema, it’s meditative, and joyous… about family, love and life. The warm yellows of interiors are homey, and yet the camera often remains at a distance. It’s never cloying; we are warmed by the atmosphere rather than cheap emotion and action. The film, obviously, works at being an homage to the short film The Red Balloon, which covers a wide range of emotions felt during childhood all guided by an escaped red balloon. Hsiao-hsien Hou expands on these feelings and ideas, acknowledging how globalization and technology in particular has changed our relationships with each other, even within the family unit. The alienation is still present, but there is also that child-like wonder and beautifully passionate moments.