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Nicole Kidman Talks About New Film,, October 26th 2004

In the new film "Birth," Nicole Kidman stars as a woman who believes her dead husband is inhabiting a 10-year-old boy's body.

At first Kidman's character dismisses the boy's claims, but his intensity and conviction begin to sway her, and she starts to fall in love with him.

Though the moment is chaste, a scene in which Kidman and the boy (played by Cameron Bright) share a bathtub, caused a hubbub and drew boos when "Birth" was screened at the Venice Film Festival.

"I see this as a beautiful film about love, I do not see it as something that is exploitive or distasteful," the 37-year-old actress told AP Television News in an interview Monday. "I would never want to make something like that; it's just not my thing."

"Because of my work, I don't even call it work, my expression, the things I choose to put out in the world now ... is very important to me," Kidman said. "And the integrity of that is very important to me."

She added: "What drew me to this film is that it is about the strength of love, and the memory of love, and the desire to have that exist forever."

Lauren Bacall, who plays Kidman's mother in the movie, became irritated during an interview on British television last month when Kidman was described as "a legend."

"She's not a legend," said Bacall, cutting off the interviewer in mid-sentence. "She can't be a legend at whatever age she is. She can't be a legend, you have to be older."

Kidman told APTN that she and Bacall, 80, are firm friends.

"I adore her," she said. "She has been so good to me, and strong. I have known her now for quite a few years. She is one of a kind, she's a survivor, and yet she has an enormous generosity it terms of her knowledge, and protection. She is maternal. She is very maternal with me."

"Birth," directed by Jonathan Glazer, opens in theaters Friday.

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