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Birth (2004)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 40708983
UPC: 794043783821
UPC 14: 00794043783821
Category Keywords: Theatrical Release  Young Love
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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.

"...spellbinding and heartbreaking, a delicate chamber piece with the large, troubled heart of an opera.   A.O. Scott, New York Times
"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 Note
Nicole 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, Subtitled, Trailers

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: New Line
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/27/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 100 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2004
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 7838
Video UPC UPC: 00794043783821
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Alison Elliott
Video Cast Info Anne Heche
Video Cast Info Arliss Howard
Video Cast Info Cameron Bright
Video Cast Info Danny Huston
Video Cast Info Lauren Bacall
Video Cast Info Nicole Kidman
Video Cast Info Alexandre Desplat - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Claus Wehlisch - Editor
Video Cast Info Harris Savides - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Jean-Claude Carriere - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Jonathan Glazer - Director
Video Cast Info Jonathan Glazer - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Lizie Gower, et al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Milo Addica - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Sam Sneade - Editor


Golden Globe (2005)
   Video Award Name Nicole Kidman, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture-Drama

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"[A] suave and brooding gothic tale....The film becomes both spellbinding and heartbreaking, a delicate chamber piece with the large, troubled heart of an opera." 10/29/2004 p.E13

USA Today
"BIRTH presents an intriguing premise about death and the possibility of rebirth in an elegant, melancholy and deliberate fashion....Its two lead performances, one by a movie star, the other by an unknown little boy, are riveting and sometimes electric." 10/29/2004 p.5E

Los Angeles Times
"Lit up by an incandescent Nicole Kidman performance, this adventurous film, daring and frustrating by turns, uses cinematic skill to raise provocative questions about love, belief, memory and reincarnation." 10/29/2004 p.E1

Sight and Sound
"Accompanied by Alexandre Desplat's score, with its ominous thrums and spectral tinkles, and filmed in desaturated greys, browns and jaundicey yellows....[Glazer's] drama demonstrates his firm grasp of psychological disorientation..." 12/01/2004 p.38-40

"BIRTH is a symphonic, engrossing, quietly devastating work." 12/01/2004 p.180

Rolling Stone
"[Kidman] lets emotions play across her face with her own symphonic grace. It's a tour-de-force performance in a stylistically bold movie..." 11/25/2004 p.102

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 3 of 10
A "tempest in a teapot" has developed around this movie, because there's a scene in which Anna and S

Rolling Stone 8 of 10
Birth is the second film from director and co-writer Jonathan Glazer, following his smashing - Peter Travers

Chicago Sun-Times 9 of 10
Birth is a dark, brooding film, with lots of kettledrums and ominous violins in Alexandre Des - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Kidman,Nicole
Product attributeLabel:   Turner Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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