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Birth (2004)

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

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Jonathan Glazer
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Kidman ... Anna
Cameron Bright ... Young Sean
Danny Huston ... Joseph
Lauren Bacall ... Eleanor
Alison Elliott ... Laura
Arliss Howard ... Bob
Michael Desautels Michael Desautels ... Sean
Anne Heche ... Clara
Peter Stormare ... Clifford
Ted Levine ... Mr. Conte
Cara Seymour ... Mrs. Conte
Joe M. Chalmers Joe M. Chalmers ... Sinclair
Novella Nelson ... Lee
Zoe Caldwell ... Mrs. Hill
Charles Goff 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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Be careful what you wish for. See more »


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Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Reencarnación See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,705,577, 31 October 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,005,883, 9 January 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,925,492, 6 January 2008
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[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

References The Shining (1980) 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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A Treat For the Art-house Crowd
30 October 2004 | by Brent TraftonSee all my reviews

If you see Birth, go in realizing it is an art-house film, not a mainstream thriller. If it didn't have Nicole Kidman in it, this film would be playing in less than 10 theaters in the country. But because of Kidman, it is playing in your local cineplex but this is not a film for the cineplex crowd. If you are looking for something like The Others, The Sixth Sense, or Ghost; do not see this film.

Birth is a film where atmosphere means more that dialog. This is not a fun film. The people in the film are very deadpan and do not smile; especially the child. Much has been made of the bath scene but that is actually one of the least radical parts of this film. The thing that will upset most people are the long close-ups without any dialog. Also, the conclusion does not tie up as many loose ends as a mainstream film. This film wants the viewer to think about it afterwards.

Nicole Kidman and Lauren Bacall are great but for me, Anne Heche almost stole the film with her small part. Also, the music is atmospheric and a real treat if you like symphonic music.

This is a beautiful film to look at and listen to. The story will keep you guessing which direction it is going to go. Whether you are happy with the outcome or not will probably depend on your expectations. Go into this film with an open mind. 9/10


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