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The movie is a very unusual documentary of four babies in four different parts of the world (San Francisco, Tokyo, Mongolia and Namibia) and four different cultures. There is no story. There are no spoken words, only background sounds. The movie goes from scene to scene, back and forth, back and forth from baby to baby and location to location. We watched with fascination as each baby learned to adapt and cope with it's new life as it unfolded in it's particular environment. Very interesting to watch. We cringed at some of the baby experiences and laughed at others. Of course, we had our own living example for comparison and it has promoted a wealth of conversation.
If you have a newborn/toddler, be sure to see this movie. You'll enjoy it immensely. Actually,babies are so interesting and humorous that almost anyone could enjoy the film. It's a very unusual movie to view. The photography in the various settings is excellent. The sound is good. Relax and enjoy.
That could be the point of BABIES..."look, how cute." And frankly, it's pretty satisfying on that level alone. But it could also be showing us, and the most basic levels, how we're all so VERY similar, at least when we start out. That all of us, whether from Namibia, Mongolia, Tokyo or San Francisco...we all have so very much in common. That's a simple, almost clichéd "lesson", but BABIES presents it in a clear and undeniable manner.
I very much appreciated the underlying points to ponder of BABIES...but mostly it was just a 79 minute delight. It's a wonderful cultural lesson: short after birth, we see the Namibian baby essentially spending his time completely nude and the little Mongolian child swaddled tightly in many layers. Both are valid child-rearing approaches...but are starkly different and both are moving. Seeing the Mongolian child wrapped like a cocoon is a startling image...yet given his stark and cold surrounding environment...it is a way for his family to show their love and caring for this child when they are unable to physically be there holding the baby.
The Mongolian child was my favorite (although I liked all the kids)...and I suspect each person will have their own favorite.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A delight! Watched this in the theater when it came out and thought of it again when my own child was born. Read morePublished 26 days ago by MissEnota
The DVD was defective. The seller did return my money in full.Published 1 month ago by Patricia Hughes
This was an interesting documentary into the lives of 4 different babies as they grow through their early years, but I did not realize that there would be no commentary... none. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chilehead Craig
By far one of the best movies I have seen. I watched it while I was pregnant and now as my daughter is turning two, we watch it together. She is fascinated by the babies.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Before my wife and I had a baby, we watched this in preparation for what we'll be expecting.Published 1 month ago by Charles Smith