Celebration of cuteness
YOU’D think a year’s worth of goo-gooing, ga-gaing and general baby shenanigans that have been condensed into an hour-and-a-half might just induce a cutesy coma on those who experience it. Far from it. Director Thomas Balmes’s doco is a simple yet delightful one following and recording the lives of four babies in their first year but it’s beautifully realised and not without a touch of art to it. The four tots in question are from four very different cultures: there’s Bayar, from Mongolia; Ponijao, from Namibia; Mari, from Tokyo and Hattie, from San Francisco. The doco is basically a series of video snapshots with next to no dialogue ( kinda obvious!) as they go about their bubby business playing, pooping, crawling, learning and generally looking adorable. For some the capturing of all those little life moments might be too much like watching an extended YouTube video someone’s pieced together. But everyone else will probably watch it with a dopey smile on their face and an ‘‘ awwwwww’’ on their lips . . . and love it.
Extras: A featurette which shows the bubs three years on, plus the theatrical trailer. Not viewed.