Birth. 2004. USA. Directed by Jonathan Glazer. Screenplay by Jean-Claude Carrière, Milo Addica, Glazer. With Nicole Kidman, Cameron Bright, Danny Huston, Lauren Bacall. 100 min.
Nicole Kidman is in thrall to a young boy who claims to be her dead husband in this exquisitely crafted gothic tale, its ambiguities and sudden changes of tone resembling a Henry James ghost story. “Without Ms. Kidman’s brilliantly nuanced performance, Birth might feel arch, chilly and a little sadistic, but she gives herself so completely to the role that the film becomes both spellbinding and heartbreaking, a delicate chamber piece with the large, troubled heart of an opera” (A.O. Scott, The New York Times).
35mm from The Museum of Modern Art; courtesy Warner Brothers Classics