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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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She wished her husband would come back from the dead. Now, he is back. See more »


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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:

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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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Second collaboration between Nicole Kidman and Lauren Bacall. Kidman refer to Bacall as her "American mother". 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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Referenced in The Stepford Wives (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Tonight You Belong to Me
(1926)
Music by 'Lee David'
Lyrics by Billy Rose
Performed by Patience McIntyre (as Patience) and Prudence McIntyre (as Prudence)
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
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If you are the type that talks at movies, don't go to see this one.
1 November 2004 | by m_tron32See all my reviews

(Disclaimer) If you like popcorn flicks, and are incapable of thinking during a movie, Birth is not for you, go see The Grudge instead. It may be more your speed.

Birth is a film for the thinker, the moviegoer that doesn't automatically shut down in the theater. This movie had me constantly trying to sort things out all the way through to the end.

I have read a few of the reviews on here and some of you might not be into the whole film-making process. Those that really study film and cinematography; will be treated to a 100 minutes of pure beauty in film-making. I loved how he transitioned between one shot and the next. The one scene that I found surprisingly effective is when he focused on Kidman's face for 3 minutes straight. He chose to use her silent acting abilities as a method to describe her consideration of this strange child. I am a lover of all forms of film, and I'm constantly on the lookout for the next film that gets my mind going. The last film to do that was Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Before that, it was Vanilla sky. Both of these films have been less than favored by the mass public. Its strictly because they DO cause you to think beyond "when is the hero going to prevail"


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