First Born (2007)
95 mins
Drama, Thriller
Elisabeth Shue
Isaac Webb
United States
Laura (Elisabeth Shue) seems to live the quintessentially perfect life: she is a beautiful, talented ballet dancer in the prime of her career; has an adoring, successful husband, Steven (Steven Mackintosh); and lives a glamorous life in New York City. All that seems to be missing for Laura, however, is a baby. But be careful what you wish for. Laura soon discovers that she’s pregnant, and Steven suggests that a beautiful home in the suburbs would be a better place for them to raise a family. Reluctantly, Laura agrees. But while Steven continues to flourish in the corporate world of Manhattan, Laura finds herself feeling alone, and increasingly isolated in their large, secluded home in the country. When the baby is born, it quickly becomes apparent that being a mother is more challenging than Laura ever imagined, as she gradually begins a slippery downward spiral into postpartum depression. Saddled with the primal maternal need to protect her infant at all costs, Laura suddenly questions her ability to do so. From a mouse-infested basement with a mysterious diary found in its walls, to the peculiar new nanny that Steven employs to assist his increasingly erratic wife, First Born abounds with the creepy aspects and haunting details of a first-rate psychological thriller. Rife with suspense and a bone-chilling conclusion, First Born dares to explore the darker side of motherhood....more