After 12 years apart Rebecca and Thomas, two childhood friends, finally meet again and their relationship grows into a romance. One day Thomas is killed in a car accident and Rebecca is soon considering genetic replication - to bear the clone of her dead lover as a way to get him back to life.
I enjoy it when film does what "Womb" does. Films that make you question your own morality. Bringing up things that you most likely have an automatic answer for, but once you start thinking about it you can't stop scratching your head about it. Is this-and-that technically wrong? Morally wrong, probably. But is it by definition wrong? "Womb" does this in a very interesting matter, especially considering where research is going nowadays.
Rebecca and Thomas are best friends at the age of 10 when Rebecca's mother decides to move to Tokyo. This causes a sudden break in the friendship. 12 years later she comes back and they quickly pick it up where they left off. Quickly after reuniting, Thomas is hit by a car and dies on impact. Rebecca's devastation and guilt turns around when she realizes she can get him back through genetic replication. She discusses it with Thomas' parents before going through with it. In a world where "clones" are looked upon with disgust, Rebecca is now carrying a clone of her dead lover in the womb.
This is where the film gets interesting, albeit awkward. Does she want to give birth to her lover's clone because she wanted to bear his child and this is the only way now, or does she want to have him back as a lover/boyfriend? Is either of the two morally right? This brings up the very current question: is it okay to clone a person, and should we be allowed to play God? In this flick this is already a growing trend. But the big question of the movie, and the one that is focused on heavily, is: is it incest if she makes love to the clone, when she gave birth to it? The vibe that's going through the film from the moment you know she's carrying the clone in her womb is both awkward and provocative. You want the suspension of disbelief regarding her reasons for cloning him, but you pretty much know what she's after.
The film becomes even more thought-provoking once the clone is born and she's taking care of him as a child, only giving him strange looks from time to time. Some really awkward moments, indeed. But is the movie ever repulsive or disgusting, even though it deals with (artifical) incest? I wouldn't say so. It has moments that definitely are messed up and will get your head burning with thoughts and opinions. The movie is extremely low-key, though. So much is said through mere looks. The style and atmosphere is also rather calming, not to mention the fantastic location of their house near the ocean.
I think "Womb" is a really good movie simply because it does make you think. As I said before: you probably have an automatic answer if it's wrong when you go into the film. There's no way you won't question it before the film ends, though. No matter what you end up thinking by the end of it. And that's very interesting to me. I am horrified at the thought of this thing becoming reality, as it seems to be very close now. I refuse to look at the film as an opinion or propaganda on that matter, and more something people should think about before accepting all researching in science.
I recommend "Womb" as a very thought-provoking sci-fi(ish) drama. It's not the best movie of the year and it's far from fast paced (the almost 2 hour long time doesn't hurt it much at all, luckily). The idea of the story is also probably more interesting and fascinating than the actual film. The reason for that, I think, is because the film wants to carry as much realism as possible so it never goes crazy with the idea. It's definitely worth checking up on the film if you think it's a title for you.