Babies | Indy Week


Rated PG 79 min. 2010

While the prospect of following the first years on earth of four babies' first year on earth has a built-in "aww" factor, Thomas Balmes's documentary quickly treads into ethically and socially complex territory that he seems unable to navigate. Balmes' film follows the guidelines of the respectable documentary aesthetic: no voiceover narration, no contextual subtitles, not even translations of the four languages that are presumably spoken by the young mothers in Namibia, Mongolia, Japan and the United States. The result is a collection of compelling and intimate glimpses of infancy that nonetheless leaves us wondering what the point of the film is—other than the adorable babies, that is.

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Director: Thomas Balm├Ęs

Producer: Alain Chabat, Amandine Billot and Christine Rouxel

Cast: Ponijao, Bayarjargal, Mari and Hattie

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