Babies (film)

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Babies poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Thomas Balmès
Produced by Alain Chabat
Starring Ponijao
Music by Bruno Coulais
Cinematography Jérôme Alméras
Frazer Bradshaw
Steeven Petitteville
Edited by Reynald Bertrand
Craig McKay
Distributed by Focus Features
Release dates
  • 7 May 2010 (2010-05-07)
  • 16 June 2010 (2010-06-16) (France)
Running time
79 minutes
Country France
Language English

Babies, also known as Baby(ies) and Bébé(s), is a 2010 French documentary film by Thomas Balmès that follows four humans through their first year after birth. Two of the babies featured in the film are from rural areas: Ponijao from Opuwo, Namibia, and Bayar(jargal) from Bayanchandmani, Mongolia, and two are from urban areas: Mari from Tokyo, Japan, and Hattie from San Francisco, U.S.[1] The film was released in the United States by Focus Features[2] on 7 May 2010.[3] The movie has grossed over a million dollars, entering at the box office at number ten.


Babies received generally positive reviews. 69% of ninety-one reviews on the site Rotten Tomatoes favored the film. The site's consensus is that "Babies is a joyous celebration of humankind that's loaded with adorable images, but it lacks insight and depth." [4] The film received a score of sixty-three on Metacritic. Owen Gleiberman, a reviewer for Entertainment Weekly, called Babies a crowd-pleaser and gave it a "B".[5] Katey Rich of Cinema Blend called the film "brilliantly simple".[6] This film is rated PG for cultural and maternal nudity.

Box office[edit]

With the widest release in 543 theaters(Domestic) the film grossed $7,320,323 at Domestic box office and $2,175,039 at Foreign box office for a worldwide gross of $9,495,362.[7]


  1. ^ Focus Features, "Babies Film Synopsis", Retrieved 29 May 2010.
  2. ^ John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy, "StudioCanal has a banner Cannes", "Variety", 17 May 2009. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
  3. ^ Internet Movie Database, "Release dates for Bébé(s)", Retrieved 29 May 2010.
  4. ^ Rotten Tomatoes, "Babies (2010)", Retrieved 29 May 2010.
  5. ^ Owen Gleiberman, "Movie Review: Babies", Entertainment Weekly, 6 May 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
  6. ^ Katey Rich, "Babies – Review", Cinema Blend, 3 May 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
  7. ^ "Babies". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 

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