Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Babies All Over the World and on the Big Screen


Meltingpot readers, have you heard about this new movie, simply titled, Babies?

It's a simple concept; an almost dialogue-free documentary following four babies -- from birth to age one -- in four different countries. Those countries are Mongolia, the United States, Namibia, and Japan. Scheduled for a Mother's Day release date, the film is already generating a lot of buzz.

I watched the trailer on the Focus Features Website and almost peed my pants laughing. I suggest you watch only after emptying your bladder.

I'm really excited to watch the whole film as I think we can all learn something in watching how other cultures parent. A friend of mine who actually has seen the whole film already -- and who happens to be a first-time mom -- felt an immense amount of relief about not cleaning up the dog and cat hair in her house after witnessing some of the parenting practices in Mongolia. "Her kid was playing with a goat, so I'm not really going to worry about dog hair so much," my friend laughed. And it's true. Perspective can be a really useful tool.

Let me know what you think. Will you be going to see this film? Why or why not?

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5 comments:

Lovelyn said...

Interesting idea. I don't think I'll go see it though. I don't go to the movies much. I've only been twice during the past year.

jen_woo_hoo said...

HOW CUTE ARE THOSE BABIES?!?! I don't catch too many movies in theaters, but I'll put this on my summer list (along with SATC2 - I'm not sure what this film combo says about me?). While there will no doubt be some moments of crying, orneriness, and such, it looks very sweet and uplifting.

There are several other videos available on the film's main site, and this one made my WEEK! http://filminfocus.com/video/babies_sleeping

Alida said...

I had not heard of this... what a great concept! I can hardly wait to see it!

Ola said...

My favorite part of this film trailor is the babies in the hut. It cracks me up everytime! Three of my friends have had babies in the past 7 months and I've been telling them everytime i see them about it and was thinking of getting it on DVD as a present to one of them but it being released in theaters changes things a bit.

I hope you enjoy it as much as you did the trailor ^_^

LT said...

Lovelyn,
You can prolly wait to get it on DVD :)

Jen,
I think SATC2 and Babies sounds like a nice combination. We all have different needs :)

Alida,
Glad to be the one to tell you about it.

Ola,
My two boys loved that part too and watched the trailer at least a half dozen times!