Turning her back on her wealthy, established family, Diane Arbus falls in love with Lionel Sweeney, an enigmatic mentor who introduces Arbus to the marginalized people who help her become one of the most revered photographers of the twentieth century.
Robert Downey Jr.,
When a disgraced former college dean has a romance with a mysterious younger woman haunted by her dark, twisted past, he is forced to confront a shocking fact about his own life that he has kept secret for fifty years.
Margot and her son Claude decide to visit her sister Pauline after she announces that she is marrying less-than-impressive Malcolm. In short order, the storm the sisters create leaves behind a mess of thrashed relationships and exposed family secrets.
Jennifer Jason Leigh,
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
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 »
Nicole Kidman's hair colour changes from reddish to blond several times. See more »
Voice of Sean:
Ok, let me say this.
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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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.
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