It took Anna 10 years to recover from the death of her husband, Sean, but now she’s on the verge of marrying her boyfriend, Joseph, and finally moving on. However, on the night of her engagement party, a young boy named Sean turns up, saying he is her dead husband reincarnated.
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Well I just saw 'Under the skin', which, well, really gets under your skin. This film is no less brilliant, drawing you in. Unnerving, uncomfortable, controlled. The husband to be, loosing it during the recital is very powerful. Can a mere boy have caused this tirade? - in this directors hands, certainly. Kubriks sucessor? Perhaps.
If ever there was a film that depends on the emotional surrender of the audience, it's Birth. To give yourself over to this film is the greatest joy precisely because of the heartbreak that insues. Sometimes it's good to be manipulated and in this case Glazer has crafted a film that expertly demonstrates the power of cinema to manipulate its audience and, in so doing, reveal to them something typical of human nature.
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.
Ludicrous. I admire it's bold, and at times very effective style, but there is no resonance to it's ungestated symbolism. We never learn enough about the emotional state of Anna or Sean to buy or care how they impact each other.
Chillily shot, beautifully scored and finely acted, the film supposedly centres on a boy claiming to be the reincarnation of a woman's dead husband; but Glazer's achievement is to make sure that the mystery going on inside Anna's mind is the one that truly resonates.
Birth is such an uncomfortably fascinating film that echoes Kubrick often times in the best of ways. Glazer and Savides kill with the look and feel of it all, deliver stupendous atmosphere to accompany a great story. Kidman's compelling performance broke my heart and overshadowed any minor gripes I might have come across (a couple of Desplat's pieces were a little inconsistent in the scheme of it all).