On Tuesday, 3rd June 2014, I watched the short film, Le Ballon de Rouge, when it was shown on TV5 MONDE. Released, according to some sources a couple of years ago, and according to some, this year; Le Ballon de Rouge, is the directorial debut of Sylvain Bressollette, who worked as a trainee assistant director for movies like Amélie (2001) a.k.a. Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain and The Devil wears Prada (2006).
Le Ballon de Rouge
A beautiful clever little film, which begins (or rather is just set in one evening in Paris) in 1963.

A couple is seated in a diner in Paris, France, having an argument on the 22nd of November, 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, United States of America. In the next booth is seated a young man who is applying for a job as a waiter. As the news of Kennedy’s assassination is announced, the distracted husband moves to the bar. Taking this opportunity the young man starts talking to the young wife in the next booth, seducing her with a picture perfect, with slight imperfections, future with him, up to present day, if she agrees to run away with him this very moment.

What is interesting, in this 20 minute drama, is that he shows her the future with actual historical happening and changing times that took place since 1963. We see the 60’s progressing, the hippies, the youth rebellion of May 1968 (in Paris) a.k.a. Paris Students Riots of 68’, the moon landing in July 1969, to the changing styles of the sizzling 60’s to the bellbottoms and Farrah Fawcett hairstyles of the 1970’s to modern technology (their future grown up daughter, living in the States and speaking to her parents on a mobile phone), and the couple in old age, i.e. modern day Paris. The future of what life might be for the couple post 1963, is interwoven beautifully with accurate historical events and styles, making the movie very realistic and fun. I don’t want to give away the coincidental ending with the symbolic Red Wine Glass (Le Ballon de Rouge).

Le Ballon de Rouge (2012/2014)
Rating 10/10 Excellent !!!

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