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If your kids are getting cabin fever, or maybe your parents, why not invite them for a quick trip to Paris. It will only take half an hour and just a little French is spoken, with English subtitles of course.

This Thursday at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., the Murphy Public Library is showing the 1956 Oscar-winning film, The Red Balloon by French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse about a young boy who finds a red balloon on the street and they become best friends. Running time is 34 minutes and all ages will enjoy this film, so we have added an extra showing at 5 p.m.

Another reason it is a family film is because Laroisse’ son Pascal played the boy with the red balloon and his daughter Sabine is the little girl with the blue balloon.

Here is a trailer with commentary by A. O Scott, film critic with the New York Times:

The balloon follows the boy through the streets of Paris, back to his home, even into school. They find joy in their camaraderie, then sadness, and finally joy appears again. Then you can go about your day, or maybe look for a French baguette and a nice Brie at one of Murphy’s groceries as you hum the music from this wonderful trip to the City of Light.

Call 837-2417 for details.

The Murphy Library is showing La Sirga, a movie from Columbia and distributed by Film Movement, this Thursday, January 23, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The cinematography is reason enough to see it but the emotions in every scene are unforgettable. Recommended for adults and in Spanish with subtitles in English. Running time is 88 minutes.

Alicia grew up in a small village but the horrors of war force her to flee. Her family has perished except for an uncle who owns an inn on a lake far away in the Andes highlands. She slowly makes her way there on foot. The inn is falling apart but somehow that pulls her from her pain as she helps with repairs. The hope is that tourists will come and things will be normal once again.

Columbian director William Vega has captured the emotional and physical loss fighting has brought to his country, as it has to many countries. Call 837-2417 for details.

When I was sixteen, my parents let me go on an adventure to Barcelona, Spain where two years later I graduated from an American high school. I lived in a tiny boardinghouse run by a Spanish lady who didn’t speak a word of English. That makes it easy to learn another language.

This Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. you will get to see the sights of Barcelona that I saw, with Javier Bardem as your guide in Woody Allen’s 2008 film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Running time is 96 minutes and it is strictly for adults only.

Cristina and Vicky are friends spending the summer in Barcelona. They meet a successful local artist, Juan Antonio, who has more than mixing colors on his mind. He also has an ex-wife, an artist herself. Is she tempestuous? Very.

Call 837-2417 for details.

When disaster strikes it is good not to be alone, even if your companion growls a lot. The Murphy Library’s movie this Thursday, Life of Pi is director Ang Lee’s cinematic gem of a film about survival on a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean.

It will be shown at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday and is rated PG. Running time is 127 minutes.

An Indian family is moving from their country to the security of Canada during a time of upheaval. They take the animals from their zoo on the voyage to sell later in North America. Then disaster strikes. A violent storm hits the ship and it goes down. The only survivors are the family’s teenage son, Pi and several animals who clamor into a lifeboat. One of them is a Bengal tiger.

Viewers will not only see the incredible cinematography, they will feel it. And — if you want to read the novel, Life of Pi, by Yann Martel, the Murphy Library has that too! Call 837-2417 for details.