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Product Details:

Format: DVD
Sku: 216995296
UPC: 025192047664
UPC 14: 00025192047664
Category Keywords: Babies  Documentary  Families  Japan
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Everybody Loves Babies...
A look at one year in the life of four babies from around the world, from mongolia to namibia to san francisco to tokyo.

"Observant and funny and thoughtful too, powered exclusively by verite footage without a word of narration, Babies is William Blake's Infant Joy brought to rich cinematic life.  Rick Groen, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
"Babies will capture your eye -- and, probably, your fancy.  Shawn Levy, Portland Oregonian

Editor's Note
Filmmaker Thomas Balmes offers an adorable glimpse at the first phase of life in this film following four newborn babies through their first year of life. Ponijao, Bayar, Mari, and Hattie were born in Namibia, Mongolia, Japan, and California, respectively. By capturing their earliest stage of development on camera, Balmes reveals just how much we all have in common, despite being born to different parents and raised in different cultures.
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Video Features DVD, English, Widescreen
Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/13/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 79 minutes
Video UPC UPC: 00025192047664
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Thomas Balmes - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Cyril Contejean - Post-Production Supervisor
Video Cast Info Olivier Dandre - Sound
Video Cast Info Ponijao - Host
Video Cast Info Mari - Host
Video Cast Info Hattie - Host
Video Cast Info Bayarjargal - Host
Video Cast Info Tarererua - Host
Video Cast Info Hindere - Host
Video Cast Info Seiko - Host
Video Cast Info Fumito - Host
Video Cast Info Susie - Host
Video Cast Info Frazer - Host
Video Cast Info Mandakh - Host
Video Cast Info Purev - Host
Video Cast Info Bruno Coulais - Composer
Video Cast Info Pierre Gamet - Sound
Video Cast Info Joseph S. DeBeasi - Music Editor
Video Cast Info Thomas Balmes - Director

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
?[T]he babies in BABIES offer moments to cherish...? -- Grade: B 05/13/2010

Chicago Sun-Times
3 stars out of 4 -- "BABIES is the perfect film for anyone who has never had the opportunity to interact with humans at an early age." 05/05/2010

Los Angeles Times
3 stars out of 5 -- "[J]oyous and buoyant....A very huggable movie experience..." 05/07/2010

USA Today
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "This observant documentary offers an up-close-and-personal glimpse of four babies from vastly different cultures in their first year of life....The photography is stunning..." 05/01/2010

Box Office
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his beautiful film with its postcard scenery deserves to be seen with young eyes. Everyone tells you how to raise a kid -- this doc shows you how to feel like one." 05/07/2010

Washington Post
3 stars out of 4 -- "[I]t invites viewers simply to watch and revel in things doing their thing -- or in this case, babies being babies....Mesmerizing..." 05/07/2010

Chicago Sun-Times 7 of 10
Babies is the perfect film for anyone who has never had the opportunity to interact with humans at an early age. You may never have had one, held one or baby-sat one, yet remained curious about the infants you see in a park, on the beach, or in baby carriers at the mall. Now a French documentarian has traveled to Africa, Asia and America to bring back charming footage of babies in their natural habitats...If, however, you've raised children and/or grandchildren, or had little brothers and sisters, the movie may resemble 79 minutes of unpaid baby-sitting. When Baby Mari starts screaming, you're wishing you could turn on the TV and use something bright and noisy as a distraction. But no, you're at a movie. However, maybe Babies may be fascinating viewing for babies, just as many dogs and cats have their favorite programs. At last, here's programming for the Mommy & Me screenings...The babies are cute. Well, all babies are cute. That's just as well, because how could filmmakers audition a baby and wait six months to give it a callback? It's not a baby anymore. The director, Thomas Balmes, has found exemplary babies in Namibia, Mongolia, Tokyo and San Francisco, and observes them lovingly as they nurse, play, doze, poke kittens and happily hit one another. The movie is really about the babies, not their parents, and in most cases, we only see those parts of the parents ranking highest on the infant's interest scale: nipples, hands, arms, and male and female chests. Not all of the nipples are real, but the babies don't discriminate as long as they work...Did I like the movie? Aw, yeah, I did. How could I not? Did I feel I needed to see it? Not really. I appreciated the fact that there was no narrator to explain what I was seeing; no voiceovers like "little Bayarjargal learns early to appreciate the mystery of yogurt." No parents asking, "Are you a good little boy?" and answering, "Yes, he's good little boy." Just babies. Wonderful...I was once in that state myself. I remember being flat on my stomach with my eyes an inch away from ants all crawling in a line on the front sidewalk. I've never been so entertained in my life. - Roger Ebert

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