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|Anna is a young widow who is finally getting on with her life after the death of her husband sean. Now engaged, anna meets a 10 year old boy who tells her that he is sean reincarnated. Though his story is unsettling, anna can't get the boy out of her mind and she begins to question the choices she has made.|
"What the intelligently spooky Birth does best is disturb us. Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times
"Birth makes its oddball supernaturalism seem completely, compellingly real. Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
Editor's NoteNicole Kidman teams up with director Jonathan Glazer (SEXY BEAST) to deliver some sensitive subject matter in BIRTH. Kidman stars as Anna, a wealthy widower preparing to remarry 10 years after the sad, premature death of her husband. She inhabits a vast apartment in New York City, which is owned by her protective mother, Eleanor (Lauren Bacall), who quickly gathers Anna under her protective wing whenever trouble comes calling. Anna's fiancé Joseph (Danny Huston) also resides in the austere apartment, where a party is thrown to celebrate the impending wedlock of the happy couple. An unwelcome visitor in the shape of 10-year-old Sean (Cameron Bright) crashes the festivities, cornering Anna and claiming to be her departed husband. After a derisory reaction from Anna, events take a strange twist when Sean continues to hound the widower, revealing facts that only her late husband could possibly know. Emotions pour out of Anna, with Kidman delivering an exemplary performance as she manages to simultaneously convey grief, confusion, and the overwhelming feeling of loss that Anna had all but buried. Becoming ever more convinced of Sean's authenticity, Anna risks losing everything as Joseph and Eleanor attempt to debunk the veracity of the 10-year-old's claims, but fight a losing battle as Anna's old feelings reawaken and blossom into a palpable flourish of love and desire.Director Glazer packs a haunting visual punch throughout BIRTH, drawing on the stunning work of cinematographer Harris Savides to present a bleak, almost monochromatic vision of New York. The script from longtime Buñuel collaborator Jean-Claude Carrière and cowriter Milo Addica handles what could have been a controversial topic with taste and dignity, but the movie really belongs to Kidman, who once again proves her acting chops with a stimulating performance.
Cast & Crew
|Alexandre Desplat - Original Music By|
|Claus Wehlisch - Editor|
|Harris Savides - Cinematographer|
|Jean-Claude Carriere - Screenplay|
|Jonathan Glazer - Director|
|Jonathan Glazer - Screenplay|
|Lizie Gower, et al. - Producer|
|Milo Addica - Screenplay|
|Sam Sneade - Editor|
Golden Globe (2005)
|Nicole Kidman, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture-Drama|