Release date:October 29, 2004
(wider release: January 7, 2005)
Studio:New Line Cinema
MPAA Rating:R (for sexuality)
Screenwriters:Jonathan Glazer, Jean-Claude Carriere, Milo Addica
Starring:Nicole Kidman, Cameron Bright, Danny Huston, Lauren Bacall, Arliss Howard, Peter Stormare, Anne Heche
Maverick young filmmaker Jonathan Glazer affirms the promise of his brilliant debut, "Sexy Beast," with his new film "Birth," teaming with Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman for a metaphysical love story that explores the space between what we know and what we feel. Kidman stars as Anna, a delicate young widow who is on the verge of a new life when a solemn little boy appears, claiming to be the reincarnation of her dead husband. As Anna, Kidman achieves a breathtaking emotional transparency to portray an intelligent woman who discovers another side of herself in the face of a bizarre, yet tantalizing possibility. The actress is beautifully paired with Canadian child actor Cameron Bright, who portrays the boy interloper with a haunting stillness and conviction. Bringing an assured sense of style and form to a decidedly unconventional narrative, Glazer creates a world that is at once strange and familiar, like a fairy tale. Like many fairy tales, "Birth" is part romance, part mystery, and part family drama - woven into a magical whole about love, mortality and the unknown.