Birth

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Birth

5.00

11 x 17

2 Color Risograph Print

By Sammy Harkham

Edition of 50

 

Moving beyond the trappings of typical paranormality, Jonathan Glazer’s followup to Sexy Beast only builds on the filmmaker’s career-defining resistance to giving audiences what they think they want. Equally unsettling and entertaining, Glazer’s polarizing Birth uses simple elements—a camera angle, a particular cut within a shot—to dig deeper than the film’s visual starkness first suggests, cutting both emotionally and intellectually through subjective character experiences to explore concepts of doubt, faith, denial, and love within the rigid confines of Manhattan’s stuffy, upper class elite. Penned in cahoots with frequent Buñuel collaborator Jean-Claude Carrière (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie), lensed by the late, great Harris Savides, and featuring subtle performances from Anne Heche, Ted Levine, Lauren Bacall, and a career-best turn from Nicole Kidman, Birth posits that once the walls of knowing have been taken apart, you can’t unlearn that which you’ve discovered.

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