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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A haunting thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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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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Tonight You Belong to Me
Music by 'Lee David'
Lyrics by Billy Rose
Performed by Patience McIntyre (as Patience) and Prudence McIntyre (as Prudence)
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
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11 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Birth (2004)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Ten years after the death of her husband, a woman (Nicole Kidman) is about to remarry but she gets a visit from a 10-year-old boy (Cameron Bright) who claims to be her husband reincarnated. This is certainly a very strange, bizarre yet unique love story/thriller that asks a lot of deep questions but sadly none are really answered due to the lackluster ending. The first hour is certainly hard hitting stuff with some eerie atmosphere that goes a long way. Nicole Kidman turns in another brilliant and incredibly brave performance, which should have gotten more attention but I guess it was overlooked due to the controversy surrounding a couple scenes including the one with her and the kid in the bathtub together. What I enjoyed best was that the film played out as something from real life and not B.S. we see in a movie. The characters are all very mature, they think and act the way people do in life and not in some normal movie. Danny Huston and Lauren Bacall co-star. Anne Heche is also very good in a role I didn't even know it was her at first.

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