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The adventure of a lifetime begins...
Directed by award-winning filmmaker Thomas Balmès, from an original idea by producer Alain Chabat, this fascinating documentary simultaneously follows four babies around the world—from birth to first steps.
The children are, respectively, in order of on-screen introduction: Ponijao, who lives with her family near Opuwo, Namibia; Bayarjargal, who resides with his family in Mongolia, near Bayanchandmani; Mari, who lives with her family in Tokyo, Japan and Hattie, who resides with her family in the United States, in San Francisco.
Re-defining the nonfiction art form, the film joyfully captures on film the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us all.
Reviews Counted: 108
Rotten: On a scale of one to a hundred (one featuring no babies at all, and a hundred featuring all the babies in all of existence) this film could still only be classified as 'babies'.-Simon Miraudo, Quickflix, May 02, 2011
Fresh: We realise this is humanity at its most homogenous; we begin to go separate ways only when our surrounding culture shoves us into its own strictures-Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile, April 30, 2011
Fresh: With deft editing, we journey back and forth sharing the first 12 months with each child. What impact does the environment have on each baby? That is the intriguing question and as we observe and decide for ourselves-Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile, April 30, 2011
Fresh: A simple idea, but very nicely done by French documentarian Thomas Balms.-Andrew Pulver, Guardian [UK], March 03, 2011