I Saw Babies (the Movie)

Babies the movie

Last year I mentioned the movie “Babies” and that it would be coming out in 2010. Last weekend I finally saw it. I liked it.

There is no plot or story line really. And there is no dialogue or script. There is a little bit of talking from the mothers. And there is some crying and cooing from the babies. The rest of the soundtrack is music and the sounds of everyday life for four babies in four very different parts of the world. It is really simple and makes for a neat movie experience.

If you haven’t heard of it, the movie is a documentary capturing the lives of four babies – from first breath to first steps – from four different parts of the world: Mongolia, Namibia, San Francisco, and Tokyo.

The underlying message is that babies are babies. It doesn’t matter if they are born in a hut or a hospital. If they have lots of toys or just a pile of dirt to play with. Or if they are sheltered from everything, or left to play outside with the livestock. They still act like babies. They still do the same things, have pretty much the same challenges and develop basically the same way.

One of my favorite parts is when they show the baby from Africa crawling basically naked through the dirt all day and then they cut to the baby in San Francisco where the parent is vacuuming the floor and lint-rolling (yes, lint-rolling) the baby and it’s outfit. There’s a good shot a bit later revealing the San Francisco baby as the one with the snotty nose.

My other favorite part is how the Mongolian baby is constantly crawling around a paddock with livestock stepping over it. Oh and when the Mongolian kid’s older brother drags that cat in by the rope (don’t worry, the cat is fine). Cracked me up.

It’s definitely a positive movie. It doesn’t show much of the hard parts of raising a baby. And doesn’t show the extremely hard living conditions that the Mongolian and, especially, the African are obviously enduring. But they are happy none-the-less. Which, I think, says a lot. Especially when there are so many in our “advanced” culture who can’t find such happiness even amongst the greatest living conditions on the planet.

Anyway, I’ve always thought it nice how easy it is to bond with somebody of a different culture when you share the experience of children in common. You can be totally different people. You can be different religions, have opposing politics, practice foreign customs and speak totally different languages, but if you have both had children, you share more in common than not. This movie, quite simply, reveals just that.

Here is the trailer again for those who haven’t seen it:

You can get more on the movie here.

3 comments Add comment

Margo October 6, 2010 at 10:35 am

I don’t have any children, but watching my 6-month-old nephew Mon-Fri gives me the opportunity to experience what it would be like if I did! I was looking at him the other day and had that same thought you expressed: “Especially when there are so many in our “advanced” culture who can’t find such happiness even amongst the greatest living conditions on the planet.” I was thinking about how we all started out that way; innocent, happy and pure. Thanks for writing such a happy, positive post. We can all learn a lesson here.

Angie @ Many Little Blessings October 6, 2010 at 10:43 am

We watched it this weekend as a family. It was a really enjoyable movie, and so interesting to see some juxtaposition of various situations. (Like the differences in how they were bathed!)

That older brother of the baby in Mongolia. Phew — I bet he’s a handful.

dhnt October 7, 2010 at 5:48 am

I love the opening of the trailer.The biting, the hair pulling , it reminds me of my house (back in the day)!!

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