Toni Collette & Matthew Goode in First Trailer for Indie 'Birthmarked'

February 19, 2018
Source: YouTube

Birthmarked Trailer

"You can't raise kids like caged animals!" Vertical Entertainment has debuted an official trailer for an indie comedy titled Birthmarked, about the trials and tribulations and craziness of parenting. From Canadian director Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais, this stars Toni Collette and Matthew Goode as two scientists who decided to give up their work and become parents (for research). The main concept is that, being scientists, they set out to raise three genetically different children into becoming a genius, an artist and a pacifist. But years later, they realize that despite their best efforts, their children are simply "average" and really nothing special. The cast includes Michael Smiley, Suzanne Clement, Fionnula Flanagan, Jordan Poole, Megan O'Kelly, and Anton Gillis-Adelman. This looks a bit awkward and amusing, worth checking out.

Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais' Birthmarked, direct from YouTube:

Birthmarked Poster

Two respected scientists (Toni Collette and Matthew Goode) decide to quit their jobs for their biggest experiment to date – parenthood! Raising three very different children, they seek to prove that everyone has the same potential to become anything they choose. Birthmarked is directed by Canadian filmmaker Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais, his second feature after the film Whitewash previously, as well as a few short films. The screenplay is written by Marc Tulin, from a story created by Marc Tulin and Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais. This first premiered at film festivals last year. Vertical Entertainment will release Birthmarked in select theaters starting March 30th, 2018 coming up this spring. Anyone interested in seeing this film?

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It's an idiotic concept and therefore it may be fun to watch how it fails ...

shiboleth on Feb 19, 2018


Hey Bo, sorry for the late reply. I am busy these days, so I have little time for this kind activity. But yes, I want to reply. First of all, peace, by all means. You didn't say anything wrong. Even if we wouldn't agree, I would like to give you some reasonable answer. As for the film, it is a bit overstretched idea, but it might be, as said, a fun watching how it crumbles under the weight of its inconsistencies. Other than that, and you probably know that, I like your portrayals of life around you. Those are insightful and sensible. And I believe you are a very good father. The way you are describing your daughter reminded me of quote from one of the films which says (it's not the exact sentence, but it is the exact sense of it): our children are probably the best people we will ever meet. As for the raising them, the children. Now, that's a big story. I also have a daughter. She's (soon) fifteen years old and is just discovering life. Reading your post, I realized something and that is the fact that she's going to face some disappointments in life. And joys, of course. Right now, she's pretty careless, although, very sensible and thoughtful person, mildly realistic. She likes languages (learning English, German and, soon, French). I believe the environment full of books, films and culture influenced her. Which means, up to some point, a parent can do something about child's sensibility. But I hardly find to be probable the possibility of controlling and managing that. One of my friends had parents dealing with books and teaching and they didn't really influenced him in that direction since he is a real businessman who doesn't spend a lot of time reading. Bottom line, sensibilities can be influenced but not necessarily directed and administered. I think that's not only problem with this film (which might be in fact ironizing the whole thing), but with the idea behind it. Wouldn't you say? Cheers. And peace, by all means ...

shiboleth on Feb 20, 2018


Well, sometimes being busy isn't always easiest way to be. But then again, there are other perspectives where being busy is something quite different and possibly desired. I understand that and I would probably miss that if I would have nothing to do in my life. In fact, I'm not complaining. It sometimes get too much and I need a rest, I guess that's all. And yes, I agree, children need support, what else? Things won't get easier in this world so helping them, loving them is a worthwhile effort, no questions about that. Cheers until the next time ...

shiboleth on Feb 20, 2018


Yeah, you can already see where this is going and basically looks okay.

DAVIDPD on Feb 19, 2018


Another ill conceived dramady that somehow got funding and then whet on to attach decent actors and is the type of film that exemplifies what should not get made... uggh.

Lh Ross on Feb 19, 2018


Aww, this looks like a nice movie. Love Michael Smiley!

Jeremy Tapsell on Feb 20, 2018

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