Rent Babel (2006)

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2h 18min
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Synopsis:
Pain is universal ... but so is hope. From acclaimed Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu comes the third film in his trilogy, Babel, a critically celebrated and emotionally gripping film about the barriers that separate humankind. A tragic accident in Morocco sets off a chain of events that will link four groups of people who, divided by cultural differences and vast distances, will discover a shared destiny that ultimately connects them. Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Gael Garcia Bernal lead an outstanding international ensemble cast in this breakthrough film.
Actors:
, , , , , , , , Georges Bousquet, , , , , , Henry Maratray, , Jean Marc Hulot, , Liliane Escoza,
Directors:
Voiced By:
Linda Sans
Writers:
Guillermo Arriaga
Others:
Gustavo Santaolalla, Stephen Mirrione, Jon Taylor, Martin Hernández, Douglas Crise, Chris Minkler, Rodrigo Prieto, José García
Studio:
Paramount
Genres:
Drama
Awards:

2007 BAFTA Best Music

2007 Oscar Best Music Original Score

2006 Cannes Best Director

BBFC:
Release Date:
21/05/2007
Run Time:
138 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
21/05/2007
Run Time:
138 minutes
Languages:
English, French
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing, French, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour

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Reviews (6) of Babel

Behind the babble - Babel review by OR

Spoiler Alert
16/12/2007

They say that only 20% of human communication is verbal. In this masterful work, language only serves to clutter and confuse as three loosely interlocking stories unfold across three different continents. Moments of connection take place only when language ceases, whilst the babble of different tongues and cultures serve only to reinforce separation.

This is film making at its most evocative and provoking. Beautiful cinematography frames a highly intelligent script, a beautiful score and powerful understated performances from A-listers and unknowns alike.

Do yourself a favor and rent this.

5 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

A truly impressive film - Babel review by Tim from London

Spoiler Alert
23/01/2007

A hugely impressive film which is on a much larger scale than the director's last 2 films - unlike Amores Perros which looks at life in Mexico and 21 Gramms which looks at American sub culture - this film spans three continents and several languages (hence the title). It superfically tells the story of an American tourist who is accidently shot in Morocco and the various people's lives who are affected and implicated by this - but it's really about people trying to communicate with each other across different cultures and communities, and the problems that people face communicating with each other. A wonderful and gripping film with lots of cross cutting storylines and sharp editing - ala Magnolia or Robert Altman - and a genuinely touching ending. A great film by a great modern director.

3 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

Outstanding - Babel review by Rubber Ducky

Spoiler Alert
08/09/2007

A superb film with outstanding performances from everyone involved. The film is powerful, emotional and harrowing at times, but also shows some hope. Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett are tourists in Morocco who are having problems with their marriage when she gets shot in a freak accident by mountain children. Back in USA, their children are being cared for by the Mexican nanny who introduces them to the culture shock of her son's wedding in Mexico. A third story revolves around a profoundly deaf Japanese teenager who is desparate for a normal life but can't seem to communicate with those around her. The way the film moves between the stories and links them together is brilliant and sometimes shocking. A highly recommended piece of cinema.

2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

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