Cel­e­bra­tion of cute­ness

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Dvds -

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.

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