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

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Joseph
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Eleanor
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Laura
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Bob
Michael Desautels ...
Sean
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Clifford
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Mr. Conte
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Mrs. Conte
Joe M. Chalmers ...
Sinclair
Novella Nelson ...
Lee
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Mrs. Hill
Charles Goff ...
Mr. Drummond
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Storyline

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 fiancé, 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 »


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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

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$5,005,883 (USA) (7 January 2005)
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Trivia

During a Galla tribute to Nicole Kidman at the NY Film Festival in 2012, NYFF program director Richard Peña called this film one of the most underrated films of the last twenty years. See more »

Goofs

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

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[first lines]
Voice of Sean: Ok, let me say this.
[sighs]
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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Connections

Featured in Nicole Kidman: An American Cinematheque Tribute (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Die Walküre: Erster Aufzug
(1856)
Written by Richard Wagner
Performed by Georg Solti / Wiener Philharmoniker
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited
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Underrated
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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