Film Screening 11th August, 2005

Poster for Birth


8:00 PM, 11th August, 2005

  • MA
  • 100 mins
  • 2004
  • Jonathon Glazer
  • Jean-Claude Carriere, Milo Addica, Jonathan Glazer
  • Nicole Kidman, Cameron Bright, Lauren Bacall, Danny Huston

In wintry New York, Anna (Kidman) is preparing to remarry, ten years after the death of her husband. But, on the eve of her wedding, a ten year old boy arrives in her apartment, telling her that he's her dead husband, and that her remarriage would be a mistake.
Ho hum, just another thriller about a creepy kid, right? Wrong. Much like his last film, \"Sexy Beast\", director Glazer takes a basic thriller premise, and slows it down to the essential confrontation at the heart of the story - Anna's discomfort at trying to reconcile her love for her husband with the fact that this is, after all, a ten year old boy she's dealing with. This is probably not a film to watch if the very idea reduces you to giggles or outrage - you have to be prepared to take the imaginative leap with the characters. But if you're willing to engage with the story, even just for the time that you're watching it, you're likely to find this a strange, dark, brooding, and ultimately, extremely rewarding experience.

Simon Tolhurst