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2006-03-30 13:05


Ten years after the death of her beloved husband Sean, Anna (Nicole Kidman) is finally ready to emerge from the shadow of grief and begin a new chapter in her life. She has agreed to marry Joseph (Danny Huston), a good-humoured, cultured man who has patiently courted her for three years. Anna's decision pleases her mother Eleanor (Lauren Bacall), an elegant and commanding woman.

Then a young boy approaches Anna at a party, asking to speak to her privately. She indulges what appears to be a childish whim. He tells her that he is her dead husband Sean, and warns her not to marry Joseph. She is angry at first and has him removed from the party, but he continues to contact her. His knowledge of her dead husband's life forces Anna to begin to question whether or not he's telling the truth.

What the critics are saying:

"Without Ms. Kidman's brilliantly nuanced performance, Birth might feel arch, chilly and a little sadistic, but she gives herself so completely to the role that the film becomes both spellbinding and heartbreaking."
- A.O. Scott, New York Times

"A stylistically bold movie that -- flaws and all -- has the power to haunt your dreams."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"An effective thriller precisely because it is true to the way sophisticated people might behave in this situation."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

A disturbing thriller about a widow who meets a 10-year-old boy who claims to be her dead husband.

Marinda 2005/05/21 12:57 PM
Birth Puik! YIP x 10!
Sean Dobson 2005/09/05 7:47 AM
What a waste It's time I could have spent better by polishing my shoes or perhaps counting my toes. It would at least be more exciting. I think the script lacked depth and didn't really say much and took forever to say it. Nicole Kidman is as always quite brilliant. HIDE AND SEEK
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