A moving portrait of a maternity clinic in Vienna provides a fascinating look at the drama, pain and beauty of entering this world. In all its intensity and variety, the everyday miracle of birth is depicted in direct cinema and linked to the cycle of the procedures that accompany it. A chronicle of life's beginning - and the organization surrounding it.
In the finest tradition of direct cinema the film dispenses entirely with commentary, interviews and music, and any kind of exposition at all: The viewer is merely placed in the middle of the action. Thanks to the art of careful editing, fascinating observations and microdramas of everyday life are assembled into larger themes that go far beyond a simple portrait of a medical clinic, becoming in a sense a portrait of society as it relates to birth.