The Red Balloon is a 1956 French fantasy film by Albert Lamorisse. It follows the adventures of a young boy, Pascal, who one day finds a red balloon, which follows him through the streets of Paris. Pascal and the balloon encounter a gang of big boys, who steal the balloon, however, Pascal retrieves it, and following a chase, the boys destroy the balloon with slingshots. All the other balloons in Paris come to Pascal’s aid and take him on a ride over the city. Red Balloon Learner Centres, often called simply Red Balloons, are UK specialist learner centres providing a safe learning environment for children who have self-excluded from mainstream school because they have been the victim of bullying, assault or trauma.
Photo: Oxford Circus, London, February 2014