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

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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 »
Awards:
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(9 articles)
'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
 (From BoxOfficeMojo.com. 10 May 2010, 4:44 PM, PDT)

Surprise: 'Babies' has a $1 million Mother's Day
 (From Hitfix. 10 May 2010, 10:22 AM, PDT)

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There's a goat in my bathtub 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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32 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
There's a goat in my bathtub, 9 May 2010
Author: David Ferguson (fergusontx@gmail.com) from Dallas, Texas

Greetings again from the darkness. About 4 months ago I saw this trailer and knew immediately I wanted to see it. The word "documentary" is usually box office death, with only a few exceptions. Those exceptions usually involve penguins and Morgan Freeman. Sorry, no penguins here. Only babies. And goats. And cats.

Director Thomas Balmes from France had a pretty good idea - show the first year of life for four babies from different parts of the world. The babies are from Namibia, Mongolia, Tokyo and San Francisco. It seems his ideas pretty much stopped there. What we see are interlocking scenes of each of the babies at similar stages of developments. The stark contrast in environment seems to be the driving force of photography.

Developed countries vs. un-developed countries. Is it best to raise your child in the wilderness or in the big city? Does it even matter? We see babies rolling on dirt hut floors and poking at goat's ears. We see other babies going through baby yoga and group therapy sessions. Apparently the big surprise is that all four babies learn to crawl, walk and talk no matter the level of luxury or amount of parental attention.

Roger Ebert says all babies are cute. Any fan of "Seinfeld" will tell you that's just not true. What is true is that babies are curious and observant and creative. No one knows if the over-indulgent and over-protectiveness of high society actually helps or stifles the development of babies. What we do know is that life finds a way and babies keep growing and learning, whether in a hot tub with mom or in a bowl that a wild goat uses as drinking water.

I just wish the director had put more substance into the delivery. We are simply observers in quick snapshots of each baby. We get very little from the parents or other kids. The obvious points are made, but in the end, this feels a bit empty and probably better served on the National Geographic channel than the local cinema.

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