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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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Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,282,000, 31 October 2004

Gross USA:

$5,095,038

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,925,492
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of Nicole Kidman's favorites among her filmography. She also believes it's one of the most overlooked and misunderstood films of her career, saying the controversies surrounding the bathtub scene eclipsed the themes of grief and vulnerability in the film. See more »

Goofs

In the second bath scene near the end of the movie, the amount of mud on Sean's face changes between shots. 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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Bridal March from 'Lohengrin'
(1850)
Written by Richard Wagner
Arranged by Peter Raeburn & Christopher Austin
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Pretentious Crap

I had read a few bad reviews about "Birth" but, as a Nicole Kidman and Lauren Bacall admirer, I rented this awful movie. Words aren't enough to explain how bad it is. In my opinion, "Birth" is simply one of the worst "serious" movies ever. Everything is senseless and boring, though some wannabe 'intellectuals' will say it's deep and misunderstood; for me, it's just silly.

Jonathan Glazer is a poor director (I must say I also hated his somewhat overrated "Sexy Beast" – which, at least, had a good performance by Sir Ben Kingsley), and the cast is wasted. Absurd twists and hollow performances (why Nicole was nominated for the Golden Globe is a mystery to me) screw up the bizarre plot.

The screenplay, surprisingly, was written by talented people: Jean-Claude Carrière (who co-wrote some masterpieces by Luis Buñuel, such as "Belle de Jour", plus Milos Forman's "Taking Off" and Philip Kaufman "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"), Milo Addica (Oscar-nominated for the magnificent "Monster's Ball"); along with, err, Glazer.

"Birth" is just a waste of time; I don't recommend it even to my enemies. I'm surprised it didn't win any Razzie award.

My vote is 1 because I can't give a 0.

The End.


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