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Babies


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No narration, little dialog, much filming, all babies. Babies without a script. The camera focuses on four babies from four distinct regions of the world: Mongolia, Namibia, Japan and California. Quietly we watch them develop awareness, see them solicit reactions from their parents and siblings, and begin to impress the world with their wills. Each in their own habitat — as if this were a nature documentary, which it is. The baby of Mongolia shares the bath with a goat; the baby of Namibia eats dirt; the baby in California surveys an over-engineered environment. But as marvelous as these differences are, this wordless wildlife documentary shows that their commonality is even greater. We recognize the overwhelming babiness, or humanness, in each kid. Watching kids be themselves is so much more fun than watching TV, and here we have TV that is just watching kids be themselves. This film is a recursive nirvana!

— KK

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Babies
Thomas Balmes
2010, 78 minutes
DVD, $8

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Posted May 9, 2011 at 2:18 pm | comments



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  • Kennon Ballou

    I wholeheartedly agree – this was one of the most refreshingly simple and understatedly joyous films I’ve seen in awhile!

    I went to see it with my pregnant wife (which was a common theme with the moviegoers in the theater when we saw it) and it simply made us happy to be human and to be alive.

    I really wish there were more films that simply showed the ‘tiny’ moments of life without having to overdo it with heartbreaking drama or explosions or something like that.

    I also think the title of the film is entertaining – I can’t think of another film where the title pretty much summed up the entirety of the film without pretense or exaggeration. The perfect title!