Theatrical Release: May 7, 2010
DVD Release: September 28, 2010


Simultaneously follows four babies around the world — from birth to first steps. The children are, respectively, in order of on-screen introduction: Ponijao, who lives with her family near Opuwo, Namibia; Bayarjargal, who resides with his family in Mongolia, near Bayanchandmani; Mari, who lives with her family in Tokyo, Japan; and Hattie, who resides with her family in the United States, in San Francisco.

Dove Review

“Babies” is a delightful movie! The babies coo, cry, display anger, become cranky, play, love on their mothers and fathers and show an emotional range which all humans, or older “babies”, will appreciate! This fantastic documentary takes us to Opuwo, Namibia, Mongolia near Bayanchandmani; Tokyo, Japan and San Francisco, California. Although the cultures vary the results of the infants are alike. Their interactions with other babies and their parents are not to be missed. I wondered if this film would drag along in spots but I enjoyed it from start to finish. These babies reveal lots of personality!

This is a fascinating documentary and definitely entertaining. It is remarkable and educational. One mother is challenged to keep her three babies happy at the same time. Due to several scenes of naturalistic and maternal nudity of the mothers which reveal bare breasts, often for breast feeding, we are recommending the film for ages twelve plus but some parents will be fine with their children under the age of twelve viewing the movie. Although often known for crying, these babies will make many viewers laugh. We gladly award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this film. Inspiring! It’s a remarkable film which features the love of the parents as well as the unpredictability of the babies.

Content Description

Sex: A baby examines his own male genitals.
Language: None
Violence: Some minor incidents as a baby takes something from another and one baby bites another's arm and the other one pinches the baby back; an older child keeps hitting a baby in the head with a wool scarf and makes the baby cry; a few babies pull the cat by its leash; a cat's ear is pulled; a baby falls and cries.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Some maternal and naturalistic nudity in several scenes of women breast feeding babies; a few scenes of women topless outside with their babies in Haiti; shirtless fathers and a father's upper body seen in shower as he takes shower with his child; babies' bottoms and baby male genitalia; baby female genitalia briefly see; part of mother's thigh seen as she gets out of pool with baby.
Other: A baby is given fat to suck on and a match is used in the fat so as to make it long enough so as to not go down the baby's throat; talk of SIDS; flies are seen near babies in one scene; a baby licks a dog's tongue!


Company: Focus Features
Director: Thomas Balmes
Producer: Amandine Billot
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 85 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Starring: Bayar, Hattie, Mari, Ponijao
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter