interesting documentary by filmmaker Thomas Balmés that is based on an
original idea from Alain Chabat follows the amazing journey of four
babies from around the globe that include the Namibia,
Mongolia, Japan and America. However what's amazing
about this documentary is that the presentation is non-narrative which
has allowed Balmés to focus on the raw emotions of these babies within
their first year from birth to their first steps. It is also enhanced by
the cinematography and the sounds of the babies and their families to
create a rather unique and interesting journey.
though the babies are worlds apart and the cultures highlighted in this
documentary are quite diverse, on an emotional and human level, we are
all the same which makes this presentation such an emotional and
colourful presentation. The babies in the question, include the super
cute Ponijao, a male baby from the Namibian Savannah, Mari, a female
Japanese baby from a Megalopolis, Bayar, a girl from the Mongolian
steppe and Hattie, a female child from San Francisco California.
also ensures that the camera work makes it like you are part of their
family as you are taken on their journey from birth, to their first
steps and the bonding between various members of their family. For the
most part, Babies will put a big fat smile on your faces as many
of the scenes with children are quite amusing and Balmés ensures that he
tugs at your emotional heartstrings as you watch these children learn to
interact with the world.
importantly, even though all children are from different socio-economic
backgrounds and cultures, the common theme that Balmés highlights here
is that the love from their parents are equalled, providing that their
children have the nurturing and attention needed to survive in this
sometimes harsh world. However, it is interesting to see the contrast
between non industrialised countries such as Namibia to that of San
Francisco and even though the methods of child bearing and raising may
be different, it all comes down to the powerful bond between the parents
and their baby. Babies is a very primordial and emotional journey that
is made more interesting by the removal of the narrative track as only
sights and sounds are used.
Video, Audio & Special Features
quality is presented in widescreen with vibrant colours and sharp images
with a minimal amount of errors. Audio is presented in with a 5.1 track
that contains extremely clear audio that is complimented with an
enjoyable soundtrack to highlight the stories and themes of these
babies. For special features, the documentary contains a featurette
called "The Babies - Three Years On" which revisits these families and
it's great to see these children more grown up and established as little
individuals. The theatrical trailer is also included, however it's
nothing to write home about.
takes documentaries to a whole new level and Balmés should be commended
for creating such a joyful documentary about one of the world's most
powerful elements, the life of a child.