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Babies On Film

Babies-movie-poster-thomas-balmes Babies are awesome. And a movie called Babies that opened earlier this month sets out to show us why, worldwide. 

I do not currently and have never had a baby but I really do think that they are pretty great in general. I like to watch them and wonder what they're thinking:

How did I get here? Who are you? Can you get me a cup of coffee? No, I don't mean in 20 years. I mean now.  

And sure, they do annoying things and cry and have dirty diapers and throw things on the floor repeatedly. I mean, what is that? The thing where you give them a bottle or a toy and they want it but they throw it on the floor and then you pick it up and give it to them like the great savior that you would perhaps like to be and then they're all, eff you, and throw it on the floor again and cry because it's on the floor? (See also Cheerios.) 

I don't know. Babies are crafty. You really do have to watch them every second. 

To that end, filmmaker Thomas Balmes made Babies (the movie.) It follows the first year of four new humans in Namibia, Tokyo, Mongolia and San Francisco. Producer Alain Chabat conceived of it as a "wildlife film with human babies," and from the copious clips and photos on the website, that appears to be the vibe.

He clearly means that in the best possible way, because, oh, so much cute. This clip of Ponijao falling asleep sitting up in Namibia is actually my cute overload for the week. 

But this is not just cuteness. Human development is arguably pretty cool. Balmes says the idea was to capture the babies encountering new things, like, say, their sibling hitting them with a gourd and pissing them off, or a ram butting into the door while they're taking a bath, or just laughing for the first time. While some parents are photographing the water birth (hello, San Francisco, I love you) others are walking out of the yurt to get water. 

Baby-with-cat-tokyo I'm not sure any deep conclusions about the human race can be made from watching a random four of its smallest members get started. But -- and I could be alone here -- I don't really need deep conclusions beating me about the head and shoulders all of the time. Sometimes I just need the little things, which can then -- aha! -- teach me the big things. Crafty babies. 

So yeah, based on all of that, I'll try to find Babies at a theater near me.

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Comments

Jennie

Oh the throwing! WHY DO THEY DO THAT? I have no idea. It's really annoying.

(Yes, though, adorableness on screen. Love.)

loonytick

I saw it this weekend. It's even better than I expected. Lovelovelovelovelove.

De in D.C.

I really want to see this film, and when I had suggested that's what I wanted to do for mother's day (because hello, mommies and babies!), my family laughed at me. Hrumph.

Catharina

I work with babies and I cannot wait to see this!!!

The throwing: Before they start doing this, babies think that things disappear if they can't see them. So if something falls off the high chair, they don't look for it. But at some point they realize HOLY CRAP it's still there!! And then you pick it up and give it back to them and they are just amazed. And they wonder what will happen if they throw it down again? Will it STILL be there? Let's find out!! And then you pick it up again...

Crazy, amazing babies :-)

Sarah

I saw it this past weekend and very much enjoyed it. I would recommend seeing it, super cute!

Bekki

I saw it too, and had a different take on the intent. I thought the "thesis" was more like "hey, stupid rich parents, you don't need to buy every plastic baby thing you can get your hands on, nor do you need to read every parenting self-help book! Babies do what they do and you should just sit back and enjoy."

I loved the movie and found it very freeing when I figured out what the filmmaker was getting at. I did have two issues: 1) San Francisco mom was not enjoyable and was the epitome of yuppie new-ageness. 2) The way dads were presented was kind of sad and frankly embarrassing. I wish there had been more shown about their positive impact.

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah

Worldwide indeed.

Don't forget the goats.




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