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A bullied teen discovers he has superpowers. | Balloon


A bullied teen discovers he has superpowers. | Balloon

https://youtu.be/O9owMHOBFQ0


Sam is a quiet, withdrawn boy just trying to make it through junior high, navigating bullies, active-shooter drills and a general sense of not fitting in. He is bullied mercilessly by his peers, particularly one that relishes leveling homophobic slurs at him.

Sam’s family at home seems disconnected and only mildly concerned, and his one friend at school ghosts him after one particularly humiliating experience.

But then Sam develops strange superpowers of strength and flight, which he tentatively explores and embraces in secret.

Soon these powers give Sam the ability to fight back — and the chance to put an end to his bullying altogether.

Writer/director Jeremy Merrifield, along with co-writer Dave Testa, has created a thoughtful, gently meditative riff on the superhero genre. But instead of adopting the tropes of the fantasy superhero story, its uses a careful, considered craftsmanship and an exquisite sensitivity to character and emotion in its writing and storytelling to interrogate what it means to be a boy and a man, as well as what it truly means to wield power, with all its thorny real-life moral complexity.

The story, in a nutshell, is the basic skeleton of almost any superhero origin story: a young kid discovers their powers, which often translates into a journey personal empowerment and identity.

But the short is not shot in a typical genre way, with near-operatic emotional highs, acrobatic camerawork, elaborate VFX and a dash of sarcastic quips for humor here and there.

Instead, the visuals stay carefully observational, almost with a documentary’s sense of presence. The camera and editing are interested in silence and silencing — in what’s unsaid and what’s held back, and in how aggression and bullying create erasure.

There are moments where Sam’s powers emerge in the story, but the approach, like the rest of the visuals of the film, is grounded, even muted, in feel and execution.

Sam can fly and exert an intense amount of strength and force, and while those moments punctuate the narrative with surprise and even a sense of marvel and rhapsody, the craftsmanship never gets carried away with them. Instead, the focus is firmly on Sam as a fully realized, complex character, brought to life by actor Jonah Beres with great precision, restraint and sensitivity. He endows Sam with a wide emotional range, with both tremendous vulnerability, a compelling inner stillness and a growing wonderment and sense of power as he realizes what he can do.

This enables Sam to finally be able to confront his most vicious bully, once and for all.

Longlisted as a contender for the Oscars’ live-action short category and nominated for a Student Academy Award, “Balloon” ends on an elegant grace note that takes the cinematic language of superhero stories and turns it into a poetic moment of transcendence and equilibrium. Able to balance these character moments with genre tropes — as well as deftly capturing the textures and rhythms of a modern school, with all its anxieties and aggression — the film intelligently explores power and how it’s gained and exerted, whether it’s through pure aggression or through more subtle means. It also makes the case that the ultimate superpower may not be brute strength or the ability to fly. Instead, true power may be the moral compass and consideration that knows how and when to wield strength in the first place, and the emotional receptivity that hones this compass in the first place.

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Jason Chaffetz Gets Pissed and Issues 2 Subpoenas! Says “I DON’T NEED A JUDGE!”


Jason Chaffetz Gets Pissed and Issues 2 Subpoenas! Says “I DON’T NEED A JUDGE!”

https://youtu.be/DJScwGtCIjg


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Glasses: Price check. Are expensive glasses better? (CBC Marketplace)


Glasses: Price check. Are expensive glasses better? (CBC Marketplace)

https://youtu.be/n8vNi6IeRNU


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A Jail Without Bars


A Jail Without Bars

https://youtu.be/VgtHl08mI0U


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r/IDOWorkHereLady | I told You not Come Back! Yeah, But now I’m Client and you’re an Employee !


r/IDOWorkHereLady | I told You not Come Back! Yeah, But now I’m Client and you’re an Employee !

https://youtu.be/4xPsEFae3ok


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كل شيء من لا شيء مع آرون را النسبية و نشأة الكون #سوشو مترجم للعربية


كل شيء من لا شيء مع آرون را النسبية و نشأة الكون #سوشو مترجم للعربية

https://youtu.be/D-Z0N1NSl1g


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APPLE TELLS CONGRESS IT LOSES MONEY DOING REPAIRS.


APPLE TELLS CONGRESS IT LOSES MONEY DOING REPAIRS.

https://youtu.be/9YVTXG5-8h0


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It seems lobbyists want my videos censored. I’M NOT DOING IT.


It seems lobbyists want my videos censored. I’M NOT DOING IT.

https://youtu.be/3GCsXL_prYw


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r/IDOWorkHereLady – Why Are You In The Owner’s Office? Because I am The Owner!


r/IDOWorkHereLady – Why Are You In The Owner’s Office? Because I am The Owner!

https://youtu.be/gADRBfuGJHg


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He smiled all the time while everybody else was down.


He smiled all the time while everybody else was down.

https://youtu.be/i3W-z18rvzM


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Paul gives a mechanic’s take on right to repair testimony


Paul gives a mechanic’s take on right to repair testimony

https://youtu.be/uVAYYV9WDZg


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r/A-holetax I Taught This PACK OF KARENS a Lesson!


r/A-holetax I Taught This PACK OF KARENS a Lesson!

https://youtu.be/4RDkE3c661k


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Louis Rossmann Right to Repair testimony in Washington SB 5799


Louis Rossmann Right to Repair testimony in Washington SB 5799

https://youtu.be/oLIW7mQ8CI4


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Do NOT Say You Know The Owner If You Don’t… You Look Dumb. | Embarrassing Stories About Liars


Do NOT Say You Know The Owner If You Don’t… You Look Dumb. | Embarrassing Stories About Liars

https://youtu.be/TsCugt5ZGBs


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Unlikely things to hear in a Science documentary | Mock the Week – BBC


Unlikely things to hear in a Science documentary | Mock the Week – BBC

https://youtu.be/gRB0EFpOyzY


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Girls Can’t Eat Fifteen Pizzas | Monk


Girls Can’t Eat Fifteen Pizzas | Monk

https://youtu.be/WzKGLEXqaQI


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I’m The Boss and I Decide who Gets the Promotion ! | r/IDontWorkHereLady


I’m The Boss and I Decide who Gets the Promotion ! | r/IDontWorkHereLady

https://youtu.be/E4c_sZ8cwUk


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Louis Rossmann DISMANTLES Apple’s PR stunt “repair program”


Louis Rossmann DISMANTLES Apple’s PR stunt “repair program”

https://youtu.be/rwgpTDluufY


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Ramsay Frustrated with Unprofessional Cooks Serving Him Rancid Food | Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares


Ramsay Frustrated with Unprofessional Cooks Serving Him Rancid Food | Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares

https://youtu.be/yEfc5dYYCa0


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Try to Compete? I’ll OWN Your Company! | r/ProRevenge | #298


Try to Compete? I’ll OWN Your Company! | r/ProRevenge | #298

https://youtu.be/1QGa19XDxhw


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CNN Anchor Tries To Intimidate Trey Gowdy But Gets SCHOOLED On FBI Missing Text


CNN Anchor Tries To Intimidate Trey Gowdy But Gets SCHOOLED On FBI Missing Text

https://youtu.be/MwofXDhGloQ


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r/IDontWorkHereLady I Have a Personal Agreement with Owner ! It’s Weird that I don’t Remember That


r/IDontWorkHereLady I Have a Personal Agreement with Owner ! It’s Weird that I don’t Remember That

https://youtu.be/OVz6YGxw2xQ


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Trump supporters destroy CNN stooge Alisyn Camerota (even bring up Bill’s black son)


Trump supporters destroy CNN stooge Alisyn Camerota (even bring up Bill’s black son)

https://youtu.be/sTYY4GHbxbY


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CNN gets Owned by Sebastian Gorka for 20+ minutes


CNN gets Owned by Sebastian Gorka for 20+ minutes

https://youtu.be/hcGT5l3kZ1c


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Lois Lerner Pleads the 5th NINE TIMES Then Chaos and Screaming Erupts!


Lois Lerner Pleads the 5th NINE TIMES Then Chaos and Screaming Erupts!

https://youtu.be/7ebgyq7u_5c


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Ketchup & Mayonnaise | How It’s Made


Ketchup & Mayonnaise | How It’s Made

https://youtu.be/GqXnyH3JqGU


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Trey Gowdy Speech That Shocked America


Trey Gowdy Speech That Shocked America

https://youtu.be/4PYZqqL04d0


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Unlikely lines from a blockbuster movie | Mock the Week – BBC


Unlikely lines from a blockbuster movie | Mock the Week – BBC

https://youtu.be/ZqbbblmJDBw


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Rejected exam questions | Mock the Week – BBC


Rejected exam questions | Mock the Week – BBC

https://youtu.be/P3q-zzIlEh8


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r/IDOWorkHereLady – The New Manager Really Don’t Know I’m His Boss!


r/IDOWorkHereLady – The New Manager Really Don’t Know I’m His Boss!

https://youtu.be/zh6q_N8SeKI


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CNN Host Kate Bolduan SCREAMS at Former Navy SEAL for Questioning ‘Anonymous Sources’


CNN Host Kate Bolduan SCREAMS at Former Navy SEAL for Questioning ‘Anonymous Sources’

https://youtu.be/67zEy_hgRPw


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Jason Chaffetz Loses His Patience and Makes Elizabeth Warren Twitch!


Jason Chaffetz Loses His Patience and Makes Elizabeth Warren Twitch!

https://youtu.be/tPQqPBJqd58


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Alisyn Camerota of CNN gets schooled again ‘Cover real news you’re getting played’


Alisyn Camerota of CNN gets schooled again ‘Cover real news you’re getting played’

https://youtu.be/ls_sfcf1tDA


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Tucker Carlson Leaves Cenk Ugyur SPEECHLESS On Immigration


Tucker Carlson Leaves Cenk Ugyur SPEECHLESS On Immigration

https://youtu.be/W1gimFWRXZU


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SO MUCH YES: Ben Shapiro totally destroys AOC & her socialist sidekicks


SO MUCH YES: Ben Shapiro totally destroys AOC & her socialist sidekicks

https://youtu.be/pXsYAVDXy9I


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Former governor wrecks CNN, host goes nuts


Former governor wrecks CNN, host goes nuts

https://youtu.be/dU7eXja2HxI


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Ramsay Nauseous From UNSANITARY Kitchens! | Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares


Ramsay Nauseous From UNSANITARY Kitchens! | Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares

https://youtu.be/Gnzr0hqy9BM


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r/Prorevenge – Coworker Wants Me Fired For Ridiculous reasons!


r/Prorevenge – Coworker Wants Me Fired For Ridiculous reasons!

https://youtu.be/wrdEt-m8Kus


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Ramsay SHOCKED Line Cooks Don’t Know How to Use Knives?! | Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back


Ramsay SHOCKED Line Cooks Don’t Know How to Use Knives?! | Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back

https://youtu.be/_SEYVZP_1pM


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r/TalesFromRetail – I Am The Owner And I’ve Never Seen You Before!


r/TalesFromRetail – I Am The Owner And I’ve Never Seen You Before!

https://youtu.be/rMIEI4FLjCY


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r/IDOWorkHereLady | “YOU CAN’T THROW ME OUT!? *I’M THE OWNER!*”


r/IDOWorkHereLady | “YOU CAN’T THROW ME OUT!? *I’M THE OWNER!*”

https://youtu.be/7Xu06qLZpn4


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Robert Mueller Can’t Answer Trey Gowdy’s Questions So Gowdy Asks About Officials Using Hookers!


Robert Mueller Can’t Answer Trey Gowdy’s Questions So Gowdy Asks About Officials Using Hookers!

https://youtu.be/rMyXy56BoU0


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r/IDOWorkHereLady – I’m The Owner’s Daughter, FIRE HIM! – I Can’t Fire Him, Because He is my BOSS


r/IDOWorkHereLady – I’m The Owner’s Daughter, FIRE HIM! – I Can’t Fire Him, Because He is my BOSS

https://youtu.be/_qhhRaEcDNs


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Family Guy Season 10 Episode 5 | Baby Tom Tucker | Family Guy 2020 Official


Family Guy Season 10 Episode 5 | Baby Tom Tucker | Family Guy 2020 Official

https://youtu.be/eFokuHTQc7o


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Adult Wednesday Addams Season 1


Adult Wednesday Addams Season 1

https://youtu.be/D98aB3CtcW8


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Gordon Uncovers A Frozen MESS Of Pasta | Kitchen Nightmares


Gordon Uncovers A Frozen MESS Of Pasta | Kitchen Nightmares

https://youtu.be/w2QnY1PhFt8


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My Driveway Isn’t Free Parking! | r/ProRevenge | #300


My Driveway Isn’t Free Parking! | r/ProRevenge | #300

https://youtu.be/XN0kwQk_fLA


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I Will Fire you and Make Sure you Never Have Job ! Here’s My Boss’s Number | r/IDontWorkHereLady


I Will Fire you and Make Sure you Never Have Job ! Here’s My Boss’s Number | r/IDontWorkHereLady

https://youtu.be/aWVBu62Mf1g


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How Amazon Delivers On One-Day Shipping


How Amazon Delivers On One-Day Shipping

https://youtu.be/Yiafb0-gqF4


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Fast food chicken: Testing Subway, McDonald’s, A&W, Wendy’s & Tim Hortons (CBC Marketplace)


Fast food chicken: Testing Subway, McDonald’s, A&W, Wendy’s & Tim Hortons (CBC Marketplace)

https://youtu.be/xd3Trr8Xrdc