Rated PG · 79 minutes · 2010

If you think it’s bad when crying babies interrupt your summer-movie fun, try watching a summer movie about crying babies. The new documentary chronicles the first year in the lives of babies in Namibia, Mongolia, Tokyo and San Francisco. The goal is to point out how incredibly similar the lives of mostly immobile, barely sentient and wholly dependent beings are, whether they live in huts or well-appointed lofts. Babies really is just strung-together moments from the early lives of four kids. That’s it. Not much to figure out here. On the plus side, the photography, particularly in the Namibian sequences, is sometimes breathtaking.

See our full review: Year One

Year One

'Babies' is far from riveting, but it's an effective meditation on the beginning of life »

Official Site: filminfocus.com/focusfeatures/film/babies
Director: Thomas Balmès
Producer: Alain Chabat




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Charleston City Paper Babies observes cultural differences and overly precious cuteness In the new French-produced documentary Babies, the filmmakers attempt to observe the many unique cultural components of early childhood development and parenting by ... Oh look at that one play with the goat! Isn't that just the most precious thing you've ever seen in your whole life? by Scott Renshaw 05/05/2010
Indy Week The worlds of babies in a new documentary While the prospect of following four babies' first year on earth has a built-in "aww" factor, director Thomas Balmes quickly treads into ethically and socially complex territory that he seems unable to navigate. by David Fellerath 05/05/2010
Portland Mercury Babies Are People, Too Babies is like watching global home movies for 80 minutes—in other words, fascinating. by Alison Hallett 05/06/2010
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The Coast Halifax Babies sucks its thumb Thomas Balmès' film shows that nurturing is universal. by Hillary Titley 05/20/2010
Colorado Springs Independent Child's play: Babies Say what you will about Babies, but you can't accuse it of false advertising. Look at How Cute might also have worked as a title. by Jonathan Kiefer 05/06/2010

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