Babies, the documentary that follows four infants from birth to their first steps, has no narration. It uses music and relies on the actions of the babies themselves to tell the story.
French producer Alain Chabat and director Thomas Balmes follows families in Namibia, Mongolia, Tokyo and San Francisco who were willing to have the documentarian intrude into their and their babies' lives. Balmes spent 400 days over two years shooting the infants with an HD camera.
The scenes begin on the veldt of Namibia with Ponijao, a girl from the traditional African Himba tribe. She lives in a stick-and-mud hut and is the eighth of nine children.
We're then introduced to Bayarjargal, the younger son of a family that lives in a large tent on the vast plains of Mongolia.
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Mari is the daughter of an upscale Tokyo family. An only child, she sees the bright neon signs and high-rises of the city through the windows of her parents' apartment.
The fourth infant is Hattie, the only child of an ecologically minded family in San Francisco.
Babies is cute. That's hard to deny. Don't expect some profound insights about children, but it doesn't much matter. It's still irresistible.
Babies retails for $29.98 or $39.98 on Blu-ray.