Do Red Balloons go to Heaven?
This video 9 Crimes by Damien Rice cleverly references 1956 award-winning French fantasy short The Red Balloon which wordlessly tells the story of a balloon that makes friends with a boy only to be destroyed by bullies. When I saw The Red Balloon as a little girl, I cared nothing for awards, or for the balloons that rushed to the boy’s comfort at the end, and my reaction was none other than flat-out trauma. Are there any children that enjoy tragic, heartwrenching movies?
Therefore, I find the mood of trauma is used to great effectiveness in Rice’s beautiful and brutally succinct testimony to the tragedy of repressed desire. For some reason it is one of those songs that seems to mean a lot to everyone who hears it, right away.