BABIES: Film by French director Thomas Balmes features Sufjan’s song
Release Date: April 16, 2010 Genre: Documentary Director: Thomas Balmes Writer: Thomas Balmes Studio: Focus Features Plot: Everybody loves… BABIES. This visually stunning new movie simultaneously follows four babies around the world – from first breath to first steps. From Mongolia to Namibia to San Francisco to Tokyo, BABIES joyfully captures on film the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us all.
The gut-punching “Chicago” cagily celebrates the innate (and deeply American) tendency to employ highways as escape routes, ditching old mistakes for new swatches of land, new plates of eggs, new parking lots. Impossibly propulsive, each calm, harmonized, Illinoisemaker cry of “All things go!” pushes harder, promising liberation, by death or by automobile: “If I was crying/ In the van with my friend/ It was for freedom/ From myself and from the land,” Stevens chokes, voice shaking over a haze of drums, strings, and shimmering keyboards. (Pitchfork Media).