A new documentary examines the lives of four babies from various parts of the world without any dialogue, narration, or explanation.
"Babies" is definitely not your run-of-the-mill documentary. In fact the movie, which has no narration, no text, and no dialogue, is more like a series of home movies than a feature film, but that might just be it's charm: in a world where a clip of a baby spitting out a banana might get one million views as a viral video, "Babies" fits right in.
The documentary is a portrait of the first two years of life of four infants from around the globe: Namibia, Mongolia, Japan, and the United States.
Producer Alain Chabat says that the movie doesn't need dialogue to make its message.
SOUNDBITE: Alain Chabat, "Babies" producer, saying (English):
"We can see these babies are very, very different. They all have different personalities. They have different, of course, families; the parents are all different. The environments and the culture are so different from one country to another and we can see the common ground is really love, love that they give and love that they get."
So whether it's taking those uncertain first steps, or being able to master the art of sleeping upright, "Babies" reveals that the milestones of growing up are truly universal.