> First Watches 2023
"Fly away, balloon."
Somehow a 34-minute short French film with maybe four lines of dialogue about childhood innocence, purity, and magical realism is easily one of my favorite films of all time.
First, the film genuinely looks like a painting come to life in just about every scene. The cinematography here is absolutely outstanding. Because
of its vivid visual language, it makes sense that there is so little dialogue because everything is felt at that age. And…