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.