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).
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.
This movie creeps up on you, slaps you on the ass, and makes you its bitch until the credits roll. It shocks and quakes for hours. I feel the coldness in every frame. I feel the spell that Kidman is under. I feel the boy's want. How can you not?
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.
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.