Birth (2004)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Romance  |  29 October 2004 (USA)
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A young boy attempts to convince a woman that he is her dead husband reborn.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Desautels ...
Mr. Conte
Mrs. Conte
Joe M. Chalmers ...
Mrs. Hill
Charles Goff ...
Mr. Drummond


Anna is a young widow who is finally getting on with her life after the death of her husband, Sean. Now engaged to be married, Anna meets a ten-year-old boy who tells her he is Sean reincarnated. Though his story is both unsettling and absurd, Anna can't get the boy out of her mind. And much to the concern of her fiancée, her increased contact with him leads her to question the choices she has made in her life. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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She wished her husband would come back from the dead. Now, he is back. See more »

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Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 October 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Reencarnación  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,705,577 (USA) (29 October 2004)


$1,283,033 (Brazil) (15 April 2005)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Christina Applegate turned down the lead role, due to the sexual nature of the film, and claimed that it was rewritten at Nicole Kidman's request. See more »


Nicole Kidman's hair colour changes from reddish to blond several times. See more »


[first lines]
Voice of Sean: Ok, let me say this.
Voice of Sean: Let me say this. If I lost my wife and, and uh, the next day a little bird landed on my windowsill, looked me right in the eye, and in plain English said, 'Sean, it's me, Anna. I'm back' What could I say? I guess I'd believe her. Or I'd want to. I'd be stuck with a bird. But other than that, no. I'm a man of science. I just don't believe that mumbo-jumbo. Now, that's gonna have to be the last question. I need to go running before I head home.
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Referenced in The Stepford Wives (2004) See more »


Happy Birthday
Written by Patty S. Hill & Mildred J. Hill (as Mildred Hill)
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If you are the type that talks at movies, don't go to see this one.
1 November 2004 | by (Chicago IL) – See all my reviews

(Disclaimer) If you like popcorn flicks, and are incapable of thinking during a movie, Birth is not for you, go see The Grudge instead. It may be more your speed.

Birth is a film for the thinker, the moviegoer that doesn't automatically shut down in the theater. This movie had me constantly trying to sort things out all the way through to the end.

I have read a few of the reviews on here and some of you might not be into the whole film-making process. Those that really study film and cinematography; will be treated to a 100 minutes of pure beauty in film-making. I loved how he transitioned between one shot and the next. The one scene that I found surprisingly effective is when he focused on Kidman's face for 3 minutes straight. He chose to use her silent acting abilities as a method to describe her consideration of this strange child. I am a lover of all forms of film, and I'm constantly on the lookout for the next film that gets my mind going. The last film to do that was Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Before that, it was Vanilla sky. Both of these films have been less than favored by the mass public. Its strictly because they DO cause you to think beyond "when is the hero going to prevail"

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