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Birth | 2004

Birth film location: Fifth Avenue, East Side, New York
Birth location: Anna’s apartment: Fifth Avenue, East Side, New York

Ten years after being widowed, Anna (Nicole Kidman) is approached by an unnervingly serious ten-year-old boy, Sean (Cameron Bright), claiming to be the reincarnation of her late husband.

The script, from director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Under The Skin) and veteran Jean-Claude Carrière, regular collaborator of Luis Buñuel, avoids the crassly supernatural, allowing the performances, particularly Kidman and Bright, a disturbing plausibility.

Anna’s very comfortable and spacious Upper East Side apartment is 1136 Fifth Avenue on the corner of East 95th Street, overlooking Central Park.

She can obviously afford this, working for a law firm in the glossy hi-rise at 40 West 57th Street at 6th Avenue, midtown.

Birth film location: Greyshot Arch, Central Park, New York
Birth location: the first Sean dies; the second meets Anna: Greyshot Arch, Central Park, New York

The Central Park underpass beneath which the first Sean keels over with a heart attack while jogging, and where Anna later meets up with the young Sean, is Greyshot Arch, built in 1860 by the park’s landscaper, Calvert Vaux, near Merchant's Gate, between 61st and 62nd Streets in the southwest corner of the park. You might recognise it as the bridge seen at the end of Cloverfield.