25 October 2011


A lonely, curmudgeonly old widower called Carl Fredricksen lives all by himself in a house on land that unscrupulous property developers want to buy.

Finally, backed into a corner by these bullies' legal manoeuvres, Carl simply ties thousands and thousands of multi-coloured balloons to his house so that it can fly away and he can visit the legendary Paradise Falls in Venezuela, which he has dreamed of since he was a little boy and wanted to be an explorer, inspired by the adventurer Charles Muntz – a flawed Lindberghian.

To his chagrin, Carl discovers that he has a stowaway in his airborne house: a feisty boy scout called Russell.

This movie is remarkable for a brilliant montage sequence at the very beginning, sketching out Carl's early married life with childhood sweetheart Elie. It is a masterclass in narrative exposition, and the moments explaining their childlessness will bring a lump to your throat.

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