At first I thought this was really strange and wondered how I would retain any of the information that was to be presented within the film… Roger Ebert was the film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death in 2013. All rights reserved. Babies received generally positive reviews. Babies, also known as Baby(ies) and Bébé(s), is a 2010 French documentary film by Thomas Balmès that follows four newborns through their first year after birth. , The film had its widest US release in 543 theaters, grossing $7,320,323 at the box office. Not really. What I do know is that babies are miraculous. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Thomas Balm`es, from an original idea by producer Alain Chabat, Babies simultaneously follows four babies around the world - from birth to first steps. Rather than view the development of individual children through the perspective of the parents trying to adapt to the ways their baby doesn’t fit the mold, the show foregrounds the triumphs of scientists trying to shape that mold in new ways. With Pascal Wallisch. There’s real insight in seeing how — removed from any qualitative judgment or hierarchy of preference — different babies in different environments progress in their own physical and temperamental ways. About the Film | Babies Movie Synopsis | Focus Features. While Babies bears no relation to the 2010 French documentary of the same name that features infants living in Namibia, Mongolia, Japan and the U.S., I wish it borrowed from that film's global ethos. These two threads — the babies and field experts — aren’t exactly incompatible. Not all of the nipples are real, but the babies don't discriminate as long as they work. Why ‘Mank’ and ‘Borat 2’ Are Serious Oscar Contenders in a Very Strange Year, ‘Soul’ Aims for Oscar Glory as Disney Shifts to Streaming, but Not All Films Deserve the Same Release, How Closed Theaters, Drive-In Movies, and Netflix Supremacy Are Shaping Oscar Season, Introducing ‘Deep Dive’: Damon Lindelof and His Team Go Behind the Scenes of ‘Watchmen’, ‘Succession’: How Editing Helps Every Dinner Scene Come to Life — Deep Dive, Becoming Hooded Justice: The ‘Watchmen’ Craft Team Analyzes the Emotional, Pivotal Scene – Deep Dive, 40 Must-See New Movies to See This Fall Season, The Fate of Movie Theaters Could Hinge on the Outcome of the Election, Zoe Lister-Jones Shook Up Hollywood with Her All-Female Crew, Now She’s Doing It with ‘The Craft: Legacy’. Even if they can’t put their experiences into words, there’s the feeling that these babies still have more to tell than the people speaking for them. "Babies” is the perfect film for anyone who has never had the opportunity to interact with humans at an early age. It’s an unfortunate fact that puts the Netflix series “Babies” at a bit of a disadvantage — making a six-part series about toddlers means that it’s impossible to get traditional input from its main subjects. I've never been so entertained in my life.