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6.7
/10
1,777 Ratings

Birth

Directed by Jonathan Glazer
United States, Germany, 2004
Mystery, Drama

Synopsis

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.

Birth Directed by Jonathan Glazer

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2004 | Competition

Golden Globes (USA)

2005 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

2004 | 2nd place: Best Music

Critics reviews

I’m harping on this one shot [the opening shot] because, having now seen Birth three or four times, and having watched the opening moments of the film more times still, I’m fascinated by the durability of its effect.
January 01, 2007
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While it maintains this always delicate balance, Birth is not a “psychological” drama but a fascinatingly phenomenological one, its characters not merely having their conception of the world changed but actively changing it themselves. However, there lingers throughout the dread of the payoff, the dispiritingly final revelation about who Sean really is… Ultimately, and unfortunately, Birth is split in its loyalties. Even as it brilliantly employs one set of strategies, it remains pledged to another.
May 17, 2005
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