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First Comes Love

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Nina Davenport

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About the Movie

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in the baby carriage. For filmmaker Nina Davenport, that old playground song didn’t go as planned. Single at age forty-one, she decides to have a baby on her own, never minding the odds stacked against her or the extra hurdles of living in New York City. In her quest for motherhood, Nina enlists her best friend Amy as a birth partner and her gay friend Eric as a sperm donor. The process of baby-making affects all their lives profoundly. Additionally, Nina struggles to cope with the recent death of her mother, who had been a source of strength, and seeks to improve relations with her father, a source of discouragement. The film taps into the zeitgeist topic of how the modern family is being re-imagined in the early twenty-first century. They say it takes a village to raise a child. In Nina’s case, that village is populated by urban sophisticates who have delayed procreation for as long as possible and are late in confronting its joys and chores. Nina is unflinching at exposing her inner and outer self as a case study. She’s refreshingly frank and funny about the trials that women endure in order to get pregnant, give birth and manage the early years of parenting. After watching, you’ll want to thank your mother.

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Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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40%
  • Reviews Counted: 10
  • Fresh: 4
  • Rotten: 6
  • Average Rating: 4.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: This midlife confessional could have reached beyond the maternal cravings of highly educated, urban-dwelling singletons had it plumbed people's heads as thoroughly as Ms. Davenport's birth canal. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Jul 24, 2013

Rotten: By the end, this HBO presentation feels like one of those uncomfortable evenings where you visit a friend, and they bore you to death with images of their ultrasound. – Brian Lowry, Variety, Jul 23, 2013

Fresh: First Comes Love is, before anything else, a portrait of a longing so deep that even the commandingly articulate Davenport struggles to put it into words. – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, Aug 14, 2013

Rotten: Davenport makes desultory attempts to bring in other mothers, but she is not an interviewer adept at drawing out scintillating observations. – Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post, Jul 26, 2013

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