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BIRTHRIGHT, the story of a rebel with a cause, takes place in a future where humans have become drones in a decaying,post- industrial hive. Natural childbirth is forbidden. Childhood is sacrificed to regimented training,education, and socialization, completed by the age of six. Only then may a child be assigned a "mother," who looks after his/her practical needs and no more. Thirty-two year-old Sarah Jacobs does not fit into this society. She's no flag-waving revolutionary, but her very nature keeps her out of step with what passes for life in this dehumanized environment. She is haunted by home-movie memories of her childhood before such activities were banned. She is fertile, while the norm is barrenness, and she dreams of bearing and raising a baby naturally. Sarah soon comes under the cold scrutiny of Dr. Steiner, more a machine than a man, who is Head of the Asylum where social deviants are "reconditioned.

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Birthright Film Productions
  • DVD Release Date: October 22, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000XPXSK6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,590 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Birthright" is a so-so film about socialism after the apocalypse. For an independent flick, it's surprisingly ambitious. It gives a sense of claustrophobia in a highly regimented,hive-like society. The music gives a good chilling effect and a sense of foreboding. The main character, Sarah Jacobs, is a young woman who dreams of being pregnant thanks to home movies. It's unknown how babies are carried to term, and she sees infants in the nursery, but the filmmaker wisely keeps it a mystery. The apocalypse is somewhat discussed;the outside world remains unknown.

"Birthright" has in atmosphere and music what it lacks in characterization and plot. Sarah's desire for motherhood is, despite its importance, unexplained. She's told that pregnancy is a forbidden subject. People are routinely sterilized-yet why are there babies? It seems like she wants to experience pregnancy "just because." Somehow she does end up pregnant- she is a Virgin Mary figure that way-so it doesn't include forbidden sex like in the dystopian films 1984 and THX 1138 - The Director's Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition). It's unlike what the Prop.8 supporters said in court about maintaining the connection between "sex and diapers."

"Birthright" has its strengths in the minor characters-like the menacing doctor and Sarah's friend-but Sarah is a bland character. Rebels are apparently lobotomized,since Sarah is punished by made to stand among them as they loop around in dizzy circles. "Birthright" had much potential as a plot, but it is, sadly, aborted.
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