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Liu, C. (2011). Flight of the Red Balloon (2007): Hou Hsiao-hsien and D.W. Winnicott. Psychoanal. Psychol., 28(3):446-456.

(2011). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 28(3):446-456


Flight of the Red Balloon (2007): Hou Hsiao-hsien and D.W. Winnicott

Catherine Liu, Ph.D.

This paper is a discussion of Hou Hsiao-hsien's 2007 Flight of the Red Balloon in the context of a Winnicottian reading of Hou's use of improvisation and long takes to represent the dilemmas of contemporary motherhood. Thinking about a shot as a container for emotion rather than as a set-up for the gaze, I also try to introduce a psychoanalytic dimension to formal, political, and aesthetic readings of Hou's cinematic realism as it emerged from the politics and practices of the Taiwan New Cinema.

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