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Babies (2010) More at IMDbPro »Bébé(s) (original title)

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Babies -- A look at one year in the life of four babies living on different continents.
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Director:
Writers:
Alain Chabat (original idea)
Thomas Balmès (adaptation)
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Release Date:
7 May 2010 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A look at one year in the life of four babies from around the world, from Mongolia to Namibia to San Francisco to Tokyo. | Add synopsis »
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'Gift Shop,' 'Inside Job' Make Oscar Doc Shortlist
 (From The Wrap. 18 November 2010, 12:39 PM, PST)

Arthouse Audit: Barely-Limited 'Babies' Burps Loudest
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Surprise: 'Babies' has a $1 million Mother's Day
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A joyous celebration of the first year of life See more (26 total) »

Cast

 
Bayar ... Himself
Hattie ... Herself
Mari ... Herself
Ponijao ... Herself

Directed by
Thomas Balmès 
 
Writing credits
Alain Chabat (original idea)

Thomas Balmès (adaptation)

Produced by
Thomas Balmès .... co-executive producer
Amandine Billot .... producer
Alain Chabat .... producer
Christine Rouxel .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bruno Coulais 
 
Cinematography by
Jérôme Alméras (director of photography)
Frazer Bradshaw 
Steeven Petitteville (director of photography)
Eric Turpin 
 
Film Editing by
Reynald Bertrand 
Craig McKay 
 
Production Design by
Jill Coulon 
 
Production Management
Perrine Altman-Jaraud .... assistant production manager
Cyril Contejean .... post-production supervisor
Daniel Darmon .... assistant production manager
Martin Jaubert .... production manager
Susie Wise .... production manager
 
Art Department
Guillaume Lips .... colorist
 
Sound Department
Samy Bardet .... sound editor
Eric Chevallier .... dialogue editor
Brian Copenhagen .... production sound mixer
Olivier Dandré .... sound mixer
Jérôme Faurel .... first assistant sound editor
Pierre Gamet .... sound mixer
Thierry Lebon .... sound re-recording mixer
Philippe Penot .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Fred Roz .... titles
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Delphine Desbruères .... first assistant camera
Tim Kerns .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Pauline Casalis .... editor assistant
Erica Freed .... assistant editor
Alex Kopit .... additional assistant editor
Céline Kélépikis .... additional editor
 
Music Department
Joseph S. DeBeasi .... music editor
Paul Lavergne .... executive music producer
Aymeric Letoquart .... music editor
 
Other crew
Richard Berkeley .... location assistant
Guillaume Lips .... colorgrader
 
Thanks
Luc Besson .... thanks
James Schamus .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Bébé(s)" - France (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for cultural and maternal nudity throughout
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79 min
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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
A joyous celebration of the first year of life, 6 September 2010
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Having recently celebrated the birth of Liliana, our first grandchild, I admit I am a little biased toward babies in general and the documentary Babies by Thomas Balmes in particular. The film, however, stands on its own as a joyous celebration of the first year of life for four youngsters in different parts of the world. Filmed without narration, subtitles, or any comprehensible dialogue, Babies is a direct encounter with four babies who stumble their predictable ways to participating in the awesome beauty of life.

Enhanced by the inspiring music by Bruno Coulais, we follow Mari, a little girl in Tokyo Japan; Ponijao, another girl living in Namibia in Africa with their mother and eight brothers and sisters; Bayer (Bayarjargal) a boy who lives in Mongolia; and Hattie, definitely the most privileged of the four who lives with her apparently super aware parents in San Francisco. Watching their development over the first twelve months of life is a direct experience of the enchantment that life has to offer. The babies laugh, they cry, they play, they get frustrated, they poop, and they bask in the loving tenderness of those around them.

Needless to say, their experience of the first year of life is vastly different, yet what stands out is not how much is different but how much is universal as each in their own way attempts to conquer their physical environment. Mari becomes frustrated as she sets about getting the hang of teaching toys by attempting to place a spindle into the hole of a disc. Bayer unravels a role of toilet paper and then takes bites out of it when it is all undone. Hattie crawls towards the door during a parental ecology meeting in San Francisco as if to say, "Get me out of here, I've had enough of this".

Though the language is different as well as the environment, the babies cry the same, laugh the same, and try to learn the frustrating, yet satisfying art of crawling, then walking in the same way. Of course, those in Tokyo and San Francisco have definite physical advantages over their young counterparts in Mongolia and Namibia. Hattie has the advantage of cultured and literate parents who read to her and show her books with the title "No Hitting." Bayer and Ponijao live close to earth, naturally sitting with goats or playing among cows, having their tongue licked by a dog, and even drinking water out of a dirty stream, yet we are confident that life for Bayer and Ponijao, though culturally different than for Hattie and Mari, will survive and prosper by the loving ways of their own parents and the environment in which they live. You will either find Babies entrancing or slow moving depending on your attitude towards babies because frankly that's all there is, yet for all it will be an immediate experience far removed from the world of cell phones and texting, exploring up close and personal the mystery of life as the individual personality of each child begins to emerge. For me, it was difficult to resist.

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