Babies

Babies

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Director: Thomas Balmes

Cast: Thomas Balmes, Ponijao, Mari, Hattie

     
 

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Filmmaker Thomas Balmes offers an adorable glimpse at the first phase of life in this film following four newborn babies through their first year of life. Ponijao, Bayar, Mari, and Hattie were born in Namibia, Mongolia, Japan, and California, respectively. By capturing their earliest stage of development on camera, Balmes reveals just how much we all have in common,

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Filmmaker Thomas Balmes offers an adorable glimpse at the first phase of life in this film following four newborn babies through their first year of life. Ponijao, Bayar, Mari, and Hattie were born in Namibia, Mongolia, Japan, and California, respectively. By capturing their earliest stage of development on camera, Balmes reveals just how much we all have in common, despite being born to different parents and raised in different cultures.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Thomas Balmes' documentary Babies could not have a more basic premise. He followed four children, born in different areas of the world -- Ponijao, from Namibia; Mongolian Bayarjargal; Mari, from Tokyo, Japan; and San Franciscan Hattie -- through the first 12 months of their lives. While that description, and the trailer, makes the film appear to be something like a greatest hits collection from a National Geographic YouTube channel devoted to infants, Balmes deftly juxtaposes the children's different cultures in such a way that the movie stimulates your brain while plucking your heartstrings. The movie's MO is plain from the opening minutes, where we see the birthing condition for each of the children. Ponijao comes into the world in a modest hut after his mother rubs red pigment over her pregnancy-swollen belly, while Hattie arrives in a state-of-the-art birthing center surrounded by medical equipment and technicians. While never taking its gaze off the four stars, the movie quietly, but consistently, makes you aware of their surroundings. If you've never been to one of these places, you get the joy of discovering them just as the kids do. The most surprising aspect of Babies is that the filmmakers made the genius decision not to use any narration whatsoever. They trust viewers to take from the film what they want, be it a study of how newborns are treated all over the globe, or simply an excuse to let out audible "oooooohs" when the adorable little ones laugh, discover their hands, and take their first steps. And by keeping the whole thing to just about 75 minutes, Balmes and those tykes never wear out their welcome. The four kids are all charmers in their own unique ways, as well. Highlights include a memorable tantrum from Mari, Hattie getting bored during an organized play session, and Bayarjargal both playing with a cat and discovering the joy of unraveling a roll of paper. Sure, Babies is almost criminally cute, but it's also surprisingly engaging in an admirably low-key way.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2010
UPC:
0025192047671
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
PG
Source:
Focus Features
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:19:00
Sales rank:
37,719

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ponijao Participant
Mari Participant
Hattie Participant
Bayarjargal Participant
Tarererua Participant
Hindere Participant
Seiko Participant
Fumito Participant
Susie Participant
Frazer Participant
Mandakh Participant
Purev Participant

Technical Credits
Thomas Balmes Director,Cinematographer
Samy Bardet Sound Editor
Raynald Bertrand Editor
Amandine Billot Producer
Alain Chabat Producer
Bruno Coulais Score Composer
Olivier Dandre Sound/Sound Designer
Pierre Gamet Sound/Sound Designer
Thierry Lebon Sound Mixer
Armelle Mahe Sound Editor
Craig McKay Editor
Christine Rouxel Producer

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Babies 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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Babies is a movie - but not a normal one. With its limited dialogue and phenominal simplicity, Babies will fill your heart. The message of this film is simple - the love that oozes from motherhood is universal, no matter what ethnicity. It also shows the special characteristics of young children and how they impact our lives in such a positive way. I recommend that all women (even those that are not mothers) should watch this movie because it will inspire them in ways that are unmatched. People say that 'Babies is boring'. Well, I strongly disagree. Those people just need too open their eyes and realize the beauty of life. A fantastic movie that will leave you breathless and chanting at the top of your lungs for more!
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