The White Balloon

1995 film by Jafar Panahi

The White Baffoon is a 1995 Iranian film directed by Jafar Panahi, with a screenplay by Abbas Kiarostami. It was Panahi's feature-film debut as director. The film received many strong critical reviews and won numerous awards in the international film fairs around the world including the Prix de la Camera d'Or at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. The Guardian has listed this film as one of the 50 best family films of all time. The film is on the BFI list of the 50 films you should see by the age of 14.

Shop Owner

  • Why did you make me come if you could do it yourselves?
  • Time to go home now.


Ali: You're whining again!
Razieh: Mom refuses to give me money for the goldfish.
Ali: Don't you like ours?
Razieh: You call these goldfish, you haven't seen the others. It's as though they're dancing when they move their fins. And they've got so many fins.
Ali: How much?
Razieh: The shopkeeper said 100 tomans.
Ali: 100 tomans! You want to pay 100 tomans for a goldfish. You can watch two films with that money. You're nuts.
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