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Come and watch a bold new independent film for just a fiver.
Dir. Pema Tseden, China, 2019, 102 mins, subtitled. Cast. Sonam Wangmo, Jinpa, Yangshik Tso.
In Tibetan director Tseden’s multi award-winning Balloon, a family struggles against the conflicting dictates of nature, spirituality, politics, and free will. Dargye and Drolkar’s two boisterous sons have blown up their parents condoms like balloons. Not only does this outrage the entire village in Tibet in the early 1980s, but more practically: they have no more condoms. The shepherd couple already have three sons, and as China has recently introduced its one-child policy, they can’t have any more. This is a drily comic approach to the subject, captured in deceptively simple handheld footage full of implicit symbolism.
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