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

A truly impressive film - Babel review by Tim from London

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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.

Multiple parallel plots - Babel review by JD

Spoiler Alert
05/12/2010

All the plots, and there are many, which are played out not quite synchronously are connected but often only just. This degree of multiplicity is very engaging and invites comparison. The plots are very different almost opposite. The frustrations of a deaf Japanese adolecent, the dull incestuous life of a Moroccan goatherd boy, an illegal immigrant Mexican nanny trying to attend her son's wedding, two Americans trying to patch up a marriage by touring Morocco and a desperately poor Moroccan family helping the pretty demanding Americans, one of whom speaks no English. I would contest that there are several other smaller sub-plots. In any event the most compelling comparison is language or lack of it.

The most compelling reason for watching this is not just Brad and Kate who are good but truly amazing performances by the Japanese and Moroccan actors/actresses. I was greatly impressed and, in no little way, moved. The best director award was well deserved.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

View if you love cinema - not a happy film - Babel review by blackrocket2000

Spoiler Alert
16/02/2013

The reviews above are helpful and accurate, but before you rush to rent, consider this. It is in my view a great film, beautifully shot, but not a happy film. The three stories are linked, but more importantly they have a common theme. It is not just pain, more about communication and the lack of it in some relationships. About misunderstanding. About how stuff happens and things go wrong, unintentionally. Hence the title. The editing is clever, but it can be annoying, as it jumps from one story to another. But stick with it and you will be rewarded. I have watched this film three times now. The first at the cinema. And now on Blu-Ray, which is excellent. The photography and shots of real life in each location are worth it alone. But the story is of people, family and children. Life is not a Hollywood romance. It is how we deal with challenges and have to accept the consequences of other people's actions. I have watched a lot of films over the years. This stands out as something different. A film you will remember, but may not love?

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

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