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I was bawling within 30 seconds. Can't wait to see it.

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I'm really excited! It looks absolutely fascinating. I love learning about other cultures, and I'm totally baby crazy, and the two are combined... what could be better?
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That looks like it will be fun to watch!

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"Babies are coming"

thats encouraging!!!

i already have a babysitter so i can go see this.

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I got free tickets to see it from the March of Dimes for participating in the March for Babies. I am so excited to see it!

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I can't wait!!!

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I just can't. Too sad for me lately. Maybe some day.
Maybe soon you will have your own babies documentary at home!

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I saw Babies today. I thought overall it was pretty good. I cried at the trailer but not at all during the movie. I thought the movie was funnier than the trailer showed. The only thing I really didn't like is that there was no narration. Just music and you could hear some background talking but there were no subtitles so I couldn't understand anything that was said by the parents except for the San Fran people. I wanted narration so I could learn about the history or why the moms were doing certain things. Nothing. I thought it was more a movie for little kids to enjoy, rather than a documentary. It was more baby observation than really learning, I thought. The Mongolian baby and the Namibian babies were riots!!! Just the best parts of the movie. All in all, it wasn't what I expected but it was decent.

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lightly spanked her baby (maybe 10 or 11mo). Not hard and the baby didn't cry but you could tell she was mad and it was either his punishment or her anger. That bothered me. And he just spilled something on accident. I really didn't like seeing that.

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I saw Babies today.
Thanks for the review. It looked like a silent movie in the trailers I've seen, which is why I won't pay theatre prices to see it, but I'm glad I'll enjoy it on DVD.

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I saw this movie today and thoroughly enjoyed it. My husband also liked it. For it being a silent movie, I was totally enthralled with it. Who doesn't love watching babies??

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DH & I went to see it today, too. I loved it being silent--for me narration would have detracted. I also really enjoyed listening to the reactions and moods of the rest of the audience. I see very few movies in the theater, and this is one I knew I wanted to see on the big screen. The visuals were stunning and I love baby watching. Plus the music was really good.

I had a sense from the trailers and what I read that there wouldn't be narration. I think I read somewhere that the filmmaker was trying to document the baby's lives from a baby's view point, so with that aim, silence made sense to me. JMO.

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Is it SILENT, or can you hear the babies and what is going on around them?

Do you think my toddler will like it? He watched the youtube trailer several times when I was doing his hair yesterday morning - kept asking for more.
He's never sat thought a feature-length film. 20-30 minutes of Little Bear, and about 35-40 minutes into Fly Me to the Moon, he fell asleep. (which was the point, seeing that he was hopped up on steroids for asthma when we hunkered down with him to watch it one evening last fall.)

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Is it SILENT, or can you hear the babies and what is going on around them?

Do you think my toddler will like it? He watched the youtube trailer several times when I was doing his hair yesterday morning - kept asking for more.
He's never sat thought a feature-length film. 20-30 minutes of Little Bear, and about 35-40 minutes into Fly Me to the Moon, he fell asleep. (which was the point, seeing that he was hopped up on steroids for asthma when we hunkered down with him to watch it one evening last fall.)
I saw it today and really enjoyed it. It's not entirely accurate to call it a silent film. There are plenty of sounds in the movie - parents/adults speaking, animal sounds, music, baby babbling/crying/laughing. It just so happens there's no narration. That's because the movie is from the POV of the babies and the adults are just background players.

Your toddler might like it but I don't know if he'll sit through it all since it's about 80 mins long.
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Love love loved it!!

Saw it Friday night and it has been on my mind ever since, especially when I'm interacting with my toddler. I would love to see even more footage (I read they have 100+ hours filmed for each baby.) I laughed, I cried, I had a lot of "awww" moments.

It isn't entirely silent. There is ambient noise and the background dialogue of whatever the parents are saying. But no subtitles so I didn't know what the non-English speakers were saying (I wish I could know!) And there is some non-intrusive soundtrack music.

This kind of movie is so my cup of tea though, babies, cultural interest, fantastic cinematography, babies.... I feel like I definitely learned something about parenting from seeing all the differences. Not necessarily anything concrete, but just an idea of how I want my attitude towards motherhood to be.

ASusan - My almost-two year old is VERY into babies (her favorite youtube is the evian roller babies commercial) and I think she'd love this movie but not have the attention span to sit and watch the whole thing at once. But there is nothing violent or scary or even loud in the movie, so there's no reason not to try!!
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I saw Babies today. I thought overall it was pretty good. I cried at the trailer but not at all during the movie. I thought the movie was funnier than the trailer showed. The only thing I really didn't like is that there was no narration. Just music and you could hear some background talking but there were no subtitles so I couldn't understand anything that was said by the parents except for the San Fran people. I wanted narration so I could learn about the history or why the moms were doing certain things. Nothing. I thought it was more a movie for little kids to enjoy, rather than a documentary. It was more baby observation than really learning, I thought. The Mongolian baby and the Namibian babies were riots!!! Just the best parts of the movie. All in all, it wasn't what I expected but it was decent.

And FYI- at one point the Mongolian mom
lightly spanked her baby (maybe 10 or 11mo). Not hard and the baby didn't cry but you could tell she was mad and it was either his punishment or her anger. That bothered me. And he just spilled something on accident. I really didn't like seeing that.
Thanks for the review...trying now to decide if I want to see it in the theater or wait for it on DVD...

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Loved it! Went with my family on Mother's Day, including dd who is three and was enthralled the whole time! I think she especially loved to see all the nursing babies on the big screen!

I thought it was beautiful, sweet and I also found subtly critical of our (Western) assumptions about how babies should be raised. In fact, leaving the movie theatre, my dd picked up a piece of popcorn off the floor and I said "Don't put that in your mouth!" and then instantly I thought of the Mongolian boy playing with the sheep innards, or the Namibian girl chewing on a bone she found in the dirt, and I thought, "Well, what the heck, huh?"

It's not a silent film at all as a PP said, it just isn't narrated the way a conventional documentary would be, and even the dialogue is sort of incidental to the film. But the music is beautiful and the cinematography is gorgeous.

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I saw it Sunday and thought it was really beautifully done; I'd highly recommend it.

It was really just incredibly fascinating seeing how similar and how different the babies are across four continents. Especially because of the way it's done, probably what you take away depends quite a bit on your prior experiences and expectations going in. I could tell that some audience members were just horrified at parts, and others saw it as just a bunch of cute footage, and others as a comment on the differences between rasing babies in first and third world countries.

I also appreciated that there weren't any subtitles or narration, but I did wonder about a few things. Does anybody who's seen it know if the two African mothers were co-wives? Or mother and daughter? Or just relatives/friends?

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I saw it Sunday and thought it was really beautifully done; I'd highly recommend it.

It was really just incredibly fascinating seeing how similar and how different the babies are across four continents. Especially because of the way it's done, probably what you take away depends quite a bit on your prior experiences and expectations going in. I could tell that some audience members were just horrified at parts, and others saw it as just a bunch of cute footage, and others as a comment on the differences between rasing babies in first and third world countries.

I also appreciated that there weren't any subtitles or narration, but I did wonder about a few things. Does anybody who's seen it know if the two African mothers were co-wives? Or mother and daughter? Or just relatives/friends?
I wonder too how the reactions would differ depending on whether you have children. i saw the trailer with some childless friends, and they were HORRIFIED that people were laughing when the Namibian baby has the tantrum, and when the Japanese baby gets frustrated from her stacking toy. I personally thought that both scenes were hilarious because my kids have done both a million times.

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I loved the movie as well! Beautifully done and the Mongolian and African baby were just hilarious! There's lots of nursing scenes too, which I think is great for the average mainstream American to see. They made it seem totally normal and just a part of every day life. There's even a tandem nursing scene and a scene where the African baby is nursing while standing up-- mom stops walking and just bends forward so she can nurse for a second! We never see the American baby nurse though-- she gets fed with a bottle at one point. They don't seem like a super mainstream family though-- I'm pretty sure they were cosleeping, dad wore baby in an Ergo, and baby didn't have a ton of toys and the ones she did have were mostly wooden (and they were in San Fran). Lots of babywearing in the movie as well!

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We never see the American baby nurse though-- she gets fed with a bottle at one point. They don't seem like a super mainstream family though-- I'm pretty sure they were cosleeping, dad wore baby in an Ergo, and baby didn't have a ton of toys and the ones she did have were mostly wooden (and they were in San Fran).
I read an interview with the American family on the website. Hattie was born at home but had to go to the hospital later for antibiotics. On her bio it says her parents are ecologically-minded
Mom also talks about nursing her in the interview, but I was a little disappointed that there was no footage of that.

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Just thinking out loud...but I wonder if the lack of nursing footage for the American baby might have been partly an editorial choice? To emphasize the cultural attitude differences in breastfeeding?
Anyone know how the baby was actually fed?

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We saw it this weekend with DS, who is 31 mos. It kept his attention pretty well through the entire film. For 3 days, he kept telling people that he saw a movie about babies. (That's about all he could report.)

I think it's neat that the first movie he saw in a theater was Babies.

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I haven't seen the movie yet, but a friend of mine saw it on Mothers Day. She said it was cute except for "all the National Geographic boobies." It makes me sad that she was bothered by the nursing in the movie. I don't like that nursing is so taboo or "National Geographic" in America. It's almost like some people think it is uncivilized to nurse in public.
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I took my daughter this weekend, and she loved it! She was so silent the whole time (which was my fear). The only time she said anything was in the scene where the Japanese baby had her feet written on. Let's just say we had a little "incident" involving a stamp pad and my daughter's feet and footprints all over my rug recently, so she piped up (very loudly) saying "We do NOT write on our feet, Mommy!"

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I am goign to see this tomorrow, thanks for the reviews. It has made me thatmuch more excited. I am taking my 15 month old and hoping she will nap through most of it, but I have a feeling the babies will hold her interest pretty well if she wakes up

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Oh, I can't wait to see this! It isn't playing in any theaters near me, so I'm afraid I'll have to wait until it comes out on DVD. I have shown the preview to my 14.5 month old a few times and she is enthralled every time. I think she'll love it!

Anyone know if you can find it online somewhere?

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i would like to go with dh & the kids tmrw nite...question for u mamas...dd1 is 2.5 & has gone to 2 movies. she loved them but a few times did comment on the scene or say something back to a character etc. if she did that here would it be ok since it will be sooo quiet? or worse since it is that style of movie?

dd2 might make some baby noises here & there but i know if i nurse her she will be fine & will either watch, nurse or sleep...

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