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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 terrific insight into the sameness and differences in child-rearing among four distinctly different cultures and economic states. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Skye Moody
Cute but more importantly shows some actions by children are universal. Self discovery, anger, jealousy and happiness.Published 2 days ago by Black Feather
Great movie! No dialogue. 4 babies from different countries and cultures from birth to walking.Published 8 days ago by babs
Beautiful video. Definitely captures the growth and development of babies regardless of where they live. Really enjoyed it for the second time.Published 18 days ago by Theresa Shannon
I still watch this from time to time. I love looking at how other societies raise their babies and understanding that its okay when people have a different way.Published 27 days ago by Kristin Geiger