Babies: Infants in HD and Nothing Else

Tonight's streaming flick is perfect for after work recharging. There's literally no plot. It's a movie about babies. Babies being babies. It's also a fascinating look at how humans take care of each other, from Namibia to Tokyo.

Who's in it?

Four babies. You probably haven't heard of them, as they are babies. But they really nail the roles.


What's it about?

Nothing, really—but that's a good thing. Just like you'd watch Planet Earth for hours on end just because it's amazing looking, a close-up documentary about the world of infants is pretty damn cool. Trust me. They roam the desert, play with animals, laugh, cry, pull hair, dance, navigate supermodern Tokyo and tribal Africa.

Why do we like it?

You will smile a hell of a lot during this movie. Beyond the sociology—babies are pretty much the same despite extremely different upbringings!—watching tiny, tiny humans take in the world is incredible. You can almost hear their brains slowly shifting into shape. It's a film of beautiful scener and wonderful little moments. And babies. Note: if you don't like babies, you will very likely hate this movie.


Babies (2010), 79 minutes — Netflix

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I think my favorite part of this movie (which I admittedly did not see) was the reviews.

Dan Kois of the Village Voice wins the prize for his pair of reviews...

Jokey, followed by serious but also hilarious.

Choice quote:

"Although, in a wise move, director Thomas Balmes zips through the first three months, in which a baby is little more than a shitting meatloaf."