Impressions: the kid had mental problems or is heartless. Or maybe he just can't see past his own selfish id because he's a child. Anna pushed to the breaking point is a woman who can't let go. Glazer's direction was well-timed and beautifully staged and edited to depict the slow unraveling of Anna and her husband. damn that kid was a good actor... however, the script was unbelievable, at times.
I'd like to start by mentioning that at this moment, I'm not quite sure what this movie is trying to say, I'm gonna have to sit on it. That being said, the film is stupendous. Kidman is a god, the visuals are to die for. The atmosphere is extremely creepy story is wonderful. Still trying to figure it out completely but that doesn't mean it isn't a magnificent film.
It appears I found this a lot more believable (not that that's all that important) than most. Equal parts frightening and heartbreaking. Flawless.
One of the best-paced films I have ever seen. Everything flows perfectly from beginning to end, with faltering a bit towards the end , but no other conspicuous jumps. The writing and performances were equally as powerful, with Kidman being the standout without taking from the secondary actors. But I think the direction is the strongest element. Glazer's vision is masterfully achieved and augmented by Desplat's score.
An interesting concept with some very solid performances, but ultimately wraps up a little too neatly and conveniently - an unconventional film with a very conventional arc. Perhaps a better film in the same vein of reincarnation is Benedek Fliegauf's "Womb" from 2010. In the end, "Birth" is very watchable, very engaging, but leaves us wanting too much more (in a negative sense).
That face during the symphony, her mix of anguish and elation as the film progresses....man, when Kidman finds the right film, she's the best there is.
Birth is an underrated film. Fact. It is a beautiful film, with a beautiful story, not to mention the soundtrack, which opts for no obvious moments (the scene of the opera, close to Kidman: fantastic). Had the same problem as Walter Salles's Dark Water for example. But time is always a second chance. I recommend. Just do not wait for scares. www.cinemadebuteco.com
It's a catastrophy that this film got so many poor reviews. Definitely a flawed masterpiece, but so intriguing that I'll easily forgive it's shortcomings. Glazer's style is pure, classic cinema at it's best and Desplats score is nothing short of masterful. The performances are great and the plot is so original, so daring that I instantly fell in deep love with this strange, suspenseful and visually gorgeous film.
Nicole Kidman's chilling performance pierces through the heart of an engaged woman in despair, in between lives and desperatley in love. The catch is that she isn't in love with her fiance, she's in love with her husband... who's been dead for ten years. Hearing the actress speak about what drew her to this project on Charlie Rose's program leaves little doubt as to her intentions of conveying the power of love.