Our Common Beginnings
Release Date: May 07, 2010
Starring: Baya, Hattie, Mari, and
Ponijao as themselves
Audience: All ages
Runtime: 79 minutes
Distributor: Focus Features
Director: Thomas Balmes
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Amandine Billot, Alain Chabat
and Christine Rouxel
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Unity with brothers and sisters around the world sharing the common experience of childhood is a compelling message. There is a constant flow of smiles and laughter throughout BABIES.
With almost no dialogue or narration, the contrasting mix of similar growth patterns is what holds one’s interest. As the movie plays out, the viewer looks forward to the next victories of growth and awareness in the babies. The pictures of God’s creation in Namibia and Mongolia are awesome in contrast to the concrete worlds of San Francisco and Tokyo. The music enhances the images of the babies in their activities.
Despite the strong idealistic message of the babies' innocence and goodness, there is a reflection of humanity’s sinfulness and cruelty as one baby bites another child's arm, an older child repeatedly strikes an infant with a scarf, and a helpless cat is cruelly dragged around with a noose around its neck.
There is much nudity seen in the children and their breast feeding mothers. An adolescent seeing the movie may be fascinated with the naked bodies of mothers. Because they are presented in their natural context and without shame, however, the movie seems to have a strong message of the natural goodness of the bodies God gave us. In a world of pornography on TV and the Internet, “Gentlemen’s Clubs” and “safe sex” campaigns that exploit sexuality for selfish gratification, the movie shows human sexual gifts as a means that God has given humanity for creating and fostering new life. The joy and innocence of the babies plus the caring, nurturing love of their mothers make a strong pro-life statement against the horror of abortion.
BABIES does not mention God or religion, however. It does present an unblinking and endearing look at babies from birth to first steps. With an eye of faith, viewers should find God glorified in the babies and their loving mothers. One can’t help wondering when the inevitable violence and war was going to break into the four idyllic worlds. The movie is a cry of hope that each baby’s innocence and each mother’s love will win out over the lurking shadow of sin and violence.
BABIES shows much naturalistic nudity in the children and their breast feeding mothers. An adolescent seeing the movie may be fascinated with the mothers. Because they are presented in their natural context and without shame, there is a strong message of the natural goodness of the bodies God gave us. The innocence of the babies plus the nurturing love of their mothers make a strong pro-life statement. There is no mention of God or religion, however. BABIES presents an unblinking, endearing look at babies from birth to first steps. With an eye of faith, viewers should find God glorified in the babies and their loving mothers.