Baby (Bao bei er)


Baby (Bao bei er) (2018)



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At the age of 19, starting work as a cleaner in the local children's hospital, Jiang Meng encounters a baby born with the same congenital defects she herself suffered from. Faced with a barrage of high risk operations, the father has decided to refuse treatment and take the baby home with him -- condemning his daughter to a certain death. Jiang Meng -- who herself faced multiple operations with no certainty of survival, and who was herself abandoned by her parents -- cannot accept such a decision. She will stop at nothing to rescue this newborn girl who mirrors so closely who she once was. Executive produced by Hou Hsiao-hsien, and rich with uncompromising insights into attitudes to care and physical handicap in contemporary Chinese life, Liu Jie's BABY is a tense, fast-paced and powerfully emotive story of a child balancing between life and death and a young woman whose only goal is to save her.


Critic Reviews for Baby (Bao bei er)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

A fast-paced emotional chiller that makes the audience consider the value of human life and the importance of championing it against a patriarchal society and indifferent health system.

Sep 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Writer-director Liu Jie's vérité style captures China's new working-class milieu, imbuing the gripping plot turns with gritty authenticity.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…
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Without underlining or over-explaining, Baby opens a window to China's family policies, their scope and contradictions. [Full review in Spanish]

Sep 28, 2018 | Full Review…

It's not a bad movie, but it's difficult to find something in it that goes beyond neat staging and a sensitive female portrait. [Full review in Spanish]

Sep 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Concentration on specific situations and the institutions involved give the film a tight focus in terms of its social protest, together with a propulsive narrative thrust.

Sep 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Liu's film doesn't waste a second. Its brisk efficiency keeps things moving relentlessly forward, even as overly emotive confrontations are kept to a relative minimum.

Sep 12, 2018 | Full Review…

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