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« BABIES just might restore your faith in our perplexing, peculiar and stubbornly lovable species. » A. O. Scott, The New York Times




Capturing on film the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us all, BABIES simultaneously follows four babies, in Mongolia, Namibia, San Francisco, and Tokyo, respectively, from birth to first steps. Every shot tells a story, as the adventure of a lifetime begins.

Released in the US in May 2010, on 543 screens, then in more then 60 countries. Ranks N°15 for documentaries released worldwide with 10 millions $ in box-office. Great critical acclaim, especially in the US.

A film directed by Thomas Balmès (Director, Author, Director of Photography, Producer)

Year of production: 2010

Length: 79

Production: TBC Productions, Chez Wam, Studio Canal

Distribution: Focus Features, Studio Canal



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« “Babies” just might restore your faith in our perplexing, peculiar and stubbornly lovable species. » Anthony Oliver Scott, The New York Times

« It’s not often that a documentary with no narration, subtitles or dialogue steals the hearts of millions of moviegoers. » Oprah

« Four babies from four countries and a whole lotta cute will invade movie screens. » Bryan Alexander, TIME

« “Babies” has already climbed to No. 17 on the list of top-20 docs, and it’s still premiering to favorable reviews throughout Asia and Europe. » Variety

“With this movie, Thomas is re-defining the nonfiction art form.” James Schamus – Focus Features CEO

« The magic number when it came to making Babies ? Four. » Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today

« It’s a peek into four lives which are so amazingly different, yet share so many common threads. » Bryan Alexander, NBC Today

« Who knew small-motor-skills development could provide both high tragedy and comic gold? » Dana Stevens, Slate

« Babies is one of those rare instances of popular media that actually makes the audience sit back and reflect (positively) on the beauty of life—from its very beginning and on. » Derek Kester, Examiner

« Babies are coming. » Peter Knegt, Indiewire

« It’s catnip for the baby crazy, with cross-cultural realities to ground the cuteness. » Adriana Barton, The Globe and Mail

« The result is captivating. » Jessica Yadegaran, Mercury News

« There is no narration. There’s no commentary. There’s no dialogue. And there are moments that are universal, the sort of the parts where you hear baby talk. » Guy Raz, All Things Considered

« There’s a lot of cuteness and humor in the film. » Decent Films

« Thomas Balmès trained his camera on this pair for nearly two years, and could not have asked for a more striking contrast. » Public broadcasting service

« If you just want to watch a baby respond to the arrival of a rooster in his bed with perfect comic timing, Babies is the movie to see. » Linda Holmes, National Public Radio

« Thrills spills and adventures this film will hold you captivated from the very first frame but without a single word of dialogue. » Penny Johnston, ABC Radio Melbourne

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