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A young boy attempts to convince a woman that he is her dead husband reborn.

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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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Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »

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5 November 2004 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Reencarnación  »

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$520,842 (Brazil) (25 March 2005)

Gross:

$1,283,033 (Brazil) (15 April 2005)
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At the symphony, when Anna is reacting to her encounter with the Young Sean, the zoom-in on her face lasts a full 2 minutes. See more »

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In the second bath scene near the end of the movie, the amount of mud on Sean's face changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Voice of Sean: Ok, let me say this.
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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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Happy Birthday
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Written by Patty S. Hill & Mildred J. Hill (as Mildred Hill)
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Fantastically beautiful film about the trauma of love.
20 February 2009 | by (St. Louis, MO) – See all my reviews

This movie is very much in the tradition of Kubrick. It's quiet, it's dramatic, sophisticated and beautifully shot. The ending is ambiguous; open to interpretation. Cameron Bright is convincingly haunted as the possible re-incarnation of Anna's (Nicole Kidman) deceased husband. Birth reveals the ways in which love and the removal of that love can traumatize us. I did not realize who the director of this film was until after I finished it. I was pleased to see that Mr. Glazer has also directed Sexy Beast which is another excellent film and one of my personal favorites of the past 10 years or so. I strongly recommend this to anyone who enjoyed Sexy Beast or the work of Kubrick.


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