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Babies? Yes, babies

May 4, 2010 | 10:00 am

And they say film criticism is losing its relevance. The Village Voice reviews Thomas Balmes' upcoming "Babies" -- the documentary that tracks infants in different regions of the world -- in a kind of Dadaist (or maybe it should be Gagaist) high-concept piece that kind of says nothing and everything at the same time.

"Babies," the Voice writes. "[B]abies babies babies babies-babies Babies, Babies babies babies babies babies babies babies babies babies. (Babies, babies babies babies babies, babies Babies Babies babies babies babies babies babies babies, babies babies babies babies babies babies babies babies babies babies babies.) Babies babies babies Babies babies Babies babies babies babies Babies babies babies Babies Babies, Babies babies babies babies Babies, Babies, Babies, babies Babies babies babies babies, babies, babies, babies, babies, babies babies."

It's a brilliant marketing move, releasing a movie virtually everyone in the world can relate to in some way and doing so on Mother's Day, no less. But the Voice review has its truth, as the trailer below shows. Or, as this astute review on Huffington Post puts it -- in slightly more adult language -- "Sure, they're cute. But what's the point?"

-- Steven Zeitchik

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"high concept" can hardly apply to a review,unless you're ironizing the babytalk of your peers


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