Opens Today, May 7, 2010
by Steven D. Greydanus
Everyone should see Babies. Even people who have cats instead of children should see Babies. There are a number of cats in this movie, and some feline moments that must be seen to be believed, especially for cat lovers.
Directed by documentary filmmaker Thomas Balmès, who lives in Paris with his wife and three children, Babies is pro-life in the best possible sense: It is a celebration of new life, of love, of family, of the wonder of the world.
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BABIES: The Biggest Smallest Adventure Ever
by Tom Allen with Nick Dawson
There is one universal thread that connects us all no matter how old we are, where we’re from, or what we believe: we were all babies once and we all remain fascinated with these smallest and most lovable of human creatures. Thomas Balmès’s new non-fiction feature BABIES, opening May 7, captures the earliest stages of our common human journey like no other film ever made. From birth to dramatic first steps, and against breathtaking natural backdrops on four continents, the film reveals our world and our human condition in a riveting, wholly original and powerfully life-affirming way.
BABIES is poised to delight audiences with its joyful portrayal of the earliest stages in the lives of four babies from different parts of the globe: Ponijao in Namibia, Mari in Tokyo, Bayar in Mongolia and Hattie in San Francisco. Far from the usual breathless, cynical fare emanating from Hollywood, this film affirms life and honors the irreplaceable love between parents and their children. . . .
Through Balmès’s lens we meet everyday couples from around the world who are connected to each other, and to us, through our shared experience caring for our children. BABIES is a moving cinematic experience for people of all ages. It is a lyrical work of art that brings the human family together around our common love for our smallest members. Best of all, it demonstrates that there is hope yet for both Hollywood and our worldwide human family.
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