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Moxie Flix: Babies (2010)

  • Director: Thomas Balmes
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Rating: PG
  • Running Time: 79 min.

These FREE screenings are part of MOXIE FLIX, a monthly series focusing on essential films for kids to see before they turn 13.

Summary: The adventure of a lifetime begins… Directed by award-winning filmmaker Thomas Balmès, from an original idea by producer Alain Chabat, this film 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, “Babies” joyfully captures on film the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us all. (Focus Features)

A thorough, spoiler-filled Parent’s Guide can be found here.

"Observant and funny and thoughtful too, powered exclusively by vérité footage without a word of narration, Babies is William Blake’s Infant Joy brought to rich cinematic life. "
- Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"This documentary on one of the most universal, photographed, analyzed, opined upon and slavered over human experiences manages to astound."
- Amy Nicholson, Boxoffice
"The contrast in lifestyles is striking, and I suppose one of the themes that Babies is trying to get at is that despite chasm-wide economic and societal differences, infants are really all the same."
- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Blessed with no narration, an absence of gimmickry and an embracing love for its subject matter, Babies is as sweet, joyful and filled with curiosity as a you-know-what."
- Tom Long, Detroit News
"Might restore your faith in our perplexing, peculiar and stubbornly lovable species."
- A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Watching babies learn and grow is the true joy of the movie. Whether they're clapping along at play group, splashing in streams or struggling not to fall asleep, the babies are the stars of this sweet, amusing little film."
- Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"The photography is stunning, and Bruno Coulais' music adds just the right soundtrack to this intriguing visual diary."
- Claudia Puig, USA Today
"An exercise in observational cinema tracking four infants across the globe, Babies is refreshing in its methods, impressive in its scope and remarkable in its immediacy."
- Lael Loewenstein, Variety