A serene observation of women giving birth at the clinic of Dr. Tadashi Yoshimura who has spent 40 years on the path of natural childbirth, Genpin is Naomi Kawase’s special meditation on life and on the unshakable bond between mother and child.
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Contemplative doc takes a look at a natural childbirth clinic in Japan, where childbirth becomes and almost spiritual experience. There is an almost mystical quality to the film, as it makes beautiful ties between motherhood and the natural world. The ever present sounds of cicadas and wind turn the film into a hushed, reverent portrait of motherhood that is nearly transcendent.