*Birth*. 2004. United Kingdom, France, Germany, USA. Directed by Jonathan Glazer. Courtesy New Line/Photofest

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

  1. Saturday, June 15,
    1:30 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1
  2. Friday, June 14,
    7:30 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1
This film accompanies Jean-Claude Carrière.