Birth

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Released 2004

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Director:
Jonathan Glazer
Released:
2004
Rating:
R
Birth is a 2009 short fantasy animation film which uses visual metaphors of situations, as well as voice overs, to illustrate the surreal psychological fears of a pregnant teen and the more sinister aspects of mother-child relationships. It was directed, animated, designed and written by Signe Baumane. The film centers on Amina (Kamala Sankaram), a 17-year-old girl who unintentionally falls pregnant. Distraught and afraid of giving birth, she seeks advice, reassurance and support from her family and older friends. Instead of consoling her, they tell her terrifying stories about childbirth and motherhood. Her mother (Anne Thibault) patronizes her and tells her that babies come out of cabbages. Meanwhile, her aunt exaggerates the pains of labor. The symbolic scenes include: a child attached to the end of a thread being pulled through the eye of a needle, a small girl trying to push a large elephant though a tiny door and huge amounts of blood squirting everywhere when an umbilical cord is cut. The stories leave Amina feeling more scared than ever about the prospect of becoming a mother. What will she decide to do with her unborn child?moreless

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  • 80

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Without Ms. Kidman's brilliantly nuanced performance, Birth might feel arch, chilly and a little sadistic, but she gives herself so completely to the role that the film becomes bot...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    What the intelligently spooky Birth does best is disturb us.

  • 80

    Variety David Rooney

    While it veers heavily toward pretentiousness, this striking metaphysical mystery is intensely compelling, conjuring a mood between European high-arthouse and the unsettling psycho...

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