USA / English
"Be careful what you wish for. "A woman (Nicole Kidman) becomes convinced that a ten year old boy is the reincarnation of her dead husband.
A Treat For the Art-house Crowd
If you see Birth, go in realizing it is an art-house film, not a
mainstream thriller. If it didn't have Nicole Kidman in it, this film
would be playing in less than 10 theaters in the country. But because
of Kidman, it is playing in your local cineplex but this is not a film
for the cineplex crowd. If you are looking for something like The
Others, The Sixth Sense, or Ghost; do not see this film.
Birth is a film where atmosphere means more that dialog. This is not a
fun film. The people in the film are very deadpan and do not smile;
especially the child. Much has been made of the bath scene but that is
actually one of the least radical parts of this film. The thing that
will upset most people are the long close-ups without any dialog. Also,
the conclusion does not tie up as many loose ends as a mainstream film.
This film wants the viewer to think about it afterwards.
Nicole Kidman and Lauren Bacall are great but for me, Anne Heche almost
stole the film with her small part. Also, the music is atmospheric and
a real treat if you like symphonic music.
This is a beautiful film to look at and listen to. The story will keep
you guessing which direction it is going to go. Whether you are happy
with the outcome or not will probably depend on your expectations. Go
into this film with an open mind. 9/10
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