When choosing the four families featured in Babies, Thomas says there was only one requirement: love. "I didn't want a poor African baby or a rich American baby. I wanted four loving parents," he says. "What I realized, and you realize in the film [is] whatever the environment is, the basic needs are fulfilled. As long as there is love, the baby goes well."

Thomas also purposely chose four families who live extremely differently. "I wanted [the Namibian family] to be totally disconnected from everything we know and that we consider as wealth and comfort and just to see that they could be happy and grow in a beautiful way," he says. "I was looking for a full level of technology relationship from the science-fiction atmosphere of Tokyo, which is where I think we will be in 50 years."


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