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Birth (2004)

Director:
Jonathan Glazer
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Mystery/Thriller
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Birth
RUNNING TIME
110 minutes
Producer:
Lizie Gower
Nick Morris
Jean-Louis Piel
Screenwriter:
Jean-Claude Carriére
Milo Addica
Jonathan Glazer


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Anna Nicole Kidman ½
Young Sean Cameron Bright ½
Joseph Danny Huston ½
Eleanor Lauren Bacall ½
Bob Arliss Howard
Clara Anne Heche
Clifford Peter Stormare
Mr. Conte Ted Levine

 

Review

Perhaps in some other medium, or with another approach or another director, Birth could have been an interesting concept. The problem is that this film is not able whatsoever to make the issue it raises relevant. Your dead husband returns after ten years, but this time in the body of a ten year old kid. Can you empathizes with that? Well, neither can Nicole Kidman, and far less young Cameron Bright. He's totally defenceless against the horrible dialogue he's given. And of course, one cannot expect him to be able to come off as a grown, sexual man with any kind of credibility. It doesn't help much that the movie is thoroughly detached, directed apparently without insight or commitment by Jonathan Glazer. Every character acts and speaks as if they had never been people, and just had been granted a trial, making this film awkward at its best.

Copyright © 1.12.2006 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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