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  • Summary: The result of a decade-long process by director Jim Whitaker, the inspirational story of Rebirth follows the nearly ten-year transformation of five people whose lives were forever altered on September 11, 2001 – and simultaneously tracks via unprecedented multi-camera time-lapse photographyThe result of a decade-long process by director Jim Whitaker, the inspirational story of Rebirth follows the nearly ten-year transformation of five people whose lives were forever altered on September 11, 2001 – and simultaneously tracks via unprecedented multi-camera time-lapse photography the minute-by-minute evolution of the space where the Twin Towers once rose. Both a singular cinematic and human experience, Rebirth is deeply intimate and uplifting - providing a moving portrait of how trauma and grief metamorphose into hope and rebuilding as the human spirit transcends the unthinkable over time. (Oscilloscope Pictures) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Aug 31, 2011
    88
    A bit more context about some of the topics the witnesses discuss would have been welcome, but Whitaker's stark, unshowy style is probably the most effective way to approach 9/11.
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Heath Jr.
    Aug 29, 2011
    88
    If Rebirth's subjects are active guides documenting a fluid psychological landscape, Jim Whitaker constructs a specific cinematic geography around them with stunning time-lapse photography of Ground Zero.
  3. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Aug 30, 2011
    80
    Stands as both a tribute and a study in healing.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Aug 29, 2011
    80
    A unique glimpse into the recovery mechanism of damaged hearts and bewildered minds, how a visage of hollowed-out sorrow after one year becomes a look of more peaceful acceptance down the road.
  5. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Aug 30, 2011
    80
    Despite Whitaker's best attempts, Rebirth never persuasively builds to catharsis, and that's entirely for the best. Forget transcendence: The quintet's return to normal, quotidian lives is the most inspiring development of all.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 2, 2011
    80
    This incredibly moving, touchingly honest and transcendent chronicle of how a handful of people coped after Sept. 11 is not only one of the best distillations of that day, but a monument to humanity lost and gained.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Aug 30, 2011
    20
    Even as the subjects detail the processes of grieving, healing and moving on, Whitaker continually strikes a tone of reverent mawkishness, further contributing to the notion that 9/11's legacy continues to be one of easy, knee-jerk sentiment rather than wider understanding.
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