"Birth", a dramatic mystery set in NY's Upper East Side, stars Nicole Kidman as Anna, a young widow who is finally getting on with her life after the death of her husband Sean. Now engaged to be married, she meets a ten year-old boy who tells her he is Sean reincarnated. Though his story is both unsettling and absurd, Anna can't get the boy out of her mind. Also stars Lauren Bacall, Danny Huston, and Anne Heche. Directed by Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast). Score composed by Alexandre Desplat (2003 Golden Globe Nominee for "Girl With A Pearl Earring").
Director Jonathan Glazer's supernatural mystery revolves around a NYC woman (Golden Globe nominated Nicole Kidman) who becomes obsessed with the young boy who claims to be the reincarnation of her dead husband. French composer Alexandre Desplat imbues the tale with a sophisticated orchestral score that conjures an aura of magic and mystery, often fusing the minimalist rhythms of Reich and Glass and the impressionistic classicism of fellow countrymen Ravel and Debussy with deceptive grace. The cues here brood and pulse with haunting subtlety, seasoned by fleeting waltzes and solo piano passages that recall the composer's previous fine work on The Luzhin Defence
. Desplat's masterful music here (honored with nods from both the Venice Film Festival and Online Critics Society) is on a par with his Golden Globe-nominated Girl With a Pearl Earring
, another elegant, post-modernist musical gem from one of filmdom's most underrated musical talents. --Jerry McCulley