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Birth

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Birth

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
100 minutes
Limited Release Date:
10/29/04
performer:
Cameron Bright, Nicole Kidman, Lauren Bacall, Anne Heche, Danny Huston
director:
Jonathan Glazer
distributor:
New Line Cinema
author:
Jean-Claude Carriere, Jonathan Glazer
genre:
Romance, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A-

What’s more natural than childbirth, right? Birth, Tina Cassidy’s examination of how evolution, culture, and technology have long meddled in the birth process shows just how unnatural it can sometimes seem. Due to the shape of human pelvises and big-headed babies, childbearing is painful. Add man’s attempt to ”help” and it gets even trickier. ”What is state of the art one year is outmoded and unfathomable the next, leaving us to laugh at the hocus-pocus…or recoil in horror at the damage done.” Though Cassidy’s well-researched and engaging account is not for the faint of heart (craniotomies and placenta cocktails, anyone?), it’s a clever, almost reverent look at an enduring everyday miracle.