The background gives you an image of a place with jostling men & women/ this togetherness of people represents a co-existence/ culture.
The film begins with a small duo of musicians entering a barber’s shop/ some time before the New Year/ a soldier returns home in a jeep/ a woman finding someone who’s list/ she soon finds her daughter and scolds her.
The girl(Reziah) is asking her mother to let her go buy a goldfish from the market/ she keeps on sulking/ she’s getting all sad while conversing with her mother/ (a child’s innocent perspective through this culture driven world)
Her mother (Zahra) argues with her using several counter points (suggesting her practical gaze through that same world)
Zahra asks her husband to get soon with his bath/ he has to go pick her mother up/ if he fails to do that again, she herself will be blamed again (an index of how patriarchal cultures shift away the few responsibilities that men get onto women’s shoulders)
All this while, Reziah and Ali(her brother) are trying to discuss, of how to convince her mother to give them money
Ali goes to her mother and asks her if she wants her own shoes to get polished and Zahra understands what his son insinuates(to disarm her urge to not give them the money)/ Zahra getting frustrated yells on him and says that 500 tomans is all they have got now and she will have to keep them so that she could give money to people’s children, who themselves will give money to Reziah and Ali as a part of the New Years celebration. [poverty among the middle class people]
Ali tries again, to talk to their mother and succeeds/ the instant golden glow on Reziah’s face is so beautifully expressed
Reziah takes the money and runs to go but the goldfish she wanted from so long/ she stands near the crowd which she always was not allowed to be observed by her mother and her father/ the Dervish(a snake charmer) unethically takes away her money and claims that she gave it to the snake, this incident also reminds us of the callous attitude towards anything that is growing at its own pace, especially little innocent children/ the other older man with white hair who is accompanying The derwish gives back her money as he sees her crying, there are humane men around you, the uncertainty of that makes this scene a tad difficult to digest
Half left summary/plot analysis of ‘the white balloon’ (1995)
It’s a beautiful film, had to see it for an film studies assignment, but my anxiety pills are increasing and I don’t have the energy enough to complete this analysis(for tumblr).
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