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Birth

Birth

Jonathan Glazer (2004)

100min
15 Certificate
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A ten-year-old boy claims to be the reincarnation of a woman's dead husband in this utterly captivating New York-set mystery from Sexy Beast director Jonathan Glazer. Scripted by Glazer, Milo Addica and Jean-Claude Carriére (Luis Buñuel's preferred collaborator), this film exerts a considerable grip as it explores the overriding power of love and how strength of belief can lead individuals into moral minefields. Nicole Kidman gives an astonishing performance of haunting intensity as the about-to-be-remarried widow whose life is turned upside down by Cameron Bright's intrusive pre-pubescent, who we first see crashing a party at her apartment and demanding that she call off the wedding. This elegantly shot and sophisticated curiosity relies heavily on close-ups, uses minimal dialogue and is scored to perfection (by Alexandre Desplat). Intriguingly ambiguous, thanks to its unusual slant as a paranormal thriller that is anything but (even its delicate resolution is firmly rooted in the surprisingly mundane), this stark and elusive spellbinder is a truly unique experience.

Summary

A widow has managed to put her husband's death behind her, only to find her world turned upside down by an encounter with a mysterious 10-year-old boy who claims to be the reincarnation of her departed spouse. A strange bond develops between them when she finds herself unable to get the child's story out of her head. Mystery, starring Nicole Kidman, Cameron Bright, Lauren Bacall and Danny Huston.

Cast & Crew

Anna Nicole Kidman
Sean Cameron Bright
Joseph Danny Huston
Eleanor Lauren Bacall
Laura Alison Elliott (2)
Bob Arliss Howard
Clara Anne Heche
Clifford Peter Stormare
Mr Conte Ted Levine
Mrs Conte Cara Seymour
Director Jonathan Glazer
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Entertainment Guidance: A sex scene and nudity. Available on: Available on video and DVD Released on: 5 Nov 2004

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