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Balloon Animal

USA 2022
produced by
Monica O'Hara, Ruvi Leider, Katherine Waddell, Lillian Todd (executive), Gene Hasek (executive), Matthew Helderman (executive), Luke Taylor (executive), Nikki Stier Justice (executive), Greg Gertmenian (executive) for First Bloom Films
directed by Em Johnson
starring Katherine Waddell, Ilia Volok, Erin Rae Li, Danielle Baez, Michael David Wilson, Karla Alfonzo-Smith, Lawrence Calhoun jr, Beccy Quinn, Meggan Taylor, Matt Pasini, Byron Brown jr, Verone Massie, Caitlin Oden, Samantha Frontera, Sean Gunnell, Bentzion Shemtoy
written by Em Johnson, music by Alexa L. Borden, Connor Cook

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Poppy (Katherine Waddell) has literally been born into circus life, with her father Dark (Ilia Volok) running one that has been family business for generations, and she has been doing balloon animals since age 7 - and 17 years later still does while also helping out her dad's magic shows, the highlight of every evening, even if the performance has gained rust over the years. Sure, Poppy and her performer friends Lala (Danielle Baez) and Sadie (Erin Rae Li) go out for drinks every once in a while, but mostly they're pretty much used to nothing but life on the road. But with the circus as such on the decline for years now, Poppy gets more and more disillusioned with her life, and her dad offering her an assistant manager job in the company doesn't approve things, either. And then she meets Drew (Michael David Wilson), a local from the last town for the season they play in, and he's just nice to her, and even if his life is anything but super-interesting, she becomes infatuated with him and ponders an existence away from the circus - but how is her dad, how is anyone she has known for her entire life, take that she might leave the business for good?


Now I think that it's a safe bet that most of those who read this review (or watch the movie itself for that matter) have not grown at the circus and know pretty little about circus life - and yet, this film makes the whole lifestyle perfectly relatable thanks to some really nice character work - also helped by a very solid ensemble cast of course - and a directorial effort that keeps things fittingly down-to-earth despite the flashy surroundings. And on that ground, a rather well-written script is sure to flourish into a pretty engaging film for sure that will stay with you for days after watching.


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