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Director: Guillermo Arriaga, Alejandro González Iñárritu

Cast: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett


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The tragic aftermath of human carelessness travels around the world in this multi-narrative drama from filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu. Richard (Brad Pitt) and Susan (Cate Blanchett) are a couple from the United States who have traveled to Morocco in NorthernSee more details below


The tragic aftermath of human carelessness travels around the world in this multi-narrative drama from filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu. Richard (Brad Pitt) and Susan (Cate Blanchett) are a couple from the United States who have traveled to Morocco in Northern Africa on a vacation after the death of one of their children has sent Susan into a deep depression. Richard and Susan's other two children have been left in the care of Amelia (Adriana Barraza), their housekeeper. Amelia is originally from Mexico, and her oldest son is getting married in Tijuana. Unable to find someone who can watch the kids, or to obtain permission to take the day off, Amelia takes the children with her as she travels across the border for the celebration. Around the same time, in Morocco a poor farmer buys a hunting rifle, and he gives it to his sons to scare off the predatory animals that have been thinning out their goat herd. The boys decide to test the weapon's range by shooting at a bus far away; the shot hits Susan in the shoulder, and soon she's bleeding severely, while police are convinced the attack is the work of terrorists. In Japan, Chieko (Rinko Kikuchi) is a teenage deaf-mute whose mother recently committed suicide. This despairing, confused girl experiences such rage and frustration that she causes her volleyball team to lose a match, and later yanks her underwear off and begins exposing herself to boys in a crowded restaurant. Chieko's father then struggles to reach past the emotional distance which separates him and his daughter. Babel earned Alejandro González Iñárritu the prize for Best Director at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A sweeping, ambitious drama that cuts a wide swath across ethnic, cultural, religious, and geographic lines, Babel presents its multilayered narrative through an interweaving quartet of plot threads. American tourists Richard (Brad Pitt) and Susan (Cate Blanchett) are vacationing in Morocco when an unexplained bullet pierces Susan’s shoulder. The slug has been fired accidentally by a goat herder’s son, who'd been given the rifle to hunt jackals preying on the flock. We ultimately learn how this relates to Tokyo businessman Yasujiro (Koji Yakusho), whose schoolgirl daughter, Chieko (Rinko Kikuchi), feels increasingly isolated by her deafness. Meanwhile, the Americans’ two children have been left in the care of their Mexican nanny, Amerlia (Adriana Barraza), who unintentionally places them in danger when she spirits them across the border so she can attend her son’s wedding outside Tijuana. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu and writer Guillermo Arriaga (the creative team behind 21 Grams) deftly illustrate how quickly situations can spiral out of control when bad luck, misunderstanding, inaccurate information, and plain stupidity combine to create a full-scale crisis. By cutting from one plot to another we sense events racing forward unchecked; González Iñárritu keeps the viewer in a constant state of anxiety not unlike that being experienced by various characters. As richly rewarding as it is uncommonly demanding and emotionally wrenching, Babel is a shining example of contemporary film at its best and bravest.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brad Pitt Richard
Cate Blanchett Susan
Gael García Bernal Santiago
Rinko Kikuchi Chieko
Adriana Barraza Amelia
Koji Yakusho Yasujiro
Said Tarchani Ahmed
Boubker Ait El Caid Yussef
Elle Fanning Debbie
Nathan Gamble Mike
Mohamed Akhzam Anwar
Peter Wight Tom
Abdelkader Bara Hassan
Mustapha Rachidi Abdullah
Driss Roukhe Alarid
Clifton Collins Officer at Border Crossing
Robert Esquivel Luis
Michael Peña John Border Patrol
Yuko Murata Mitsu
Satoshi Nikaido Kenji

Technical Credits
Guillermo Arriaga Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Alejandro González Iñárritu Director,Producer
Brigitte Broch Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Douglas Crise Editor
Jose Antonio Garcia Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Golin Producer
Martin Hernandez Sound/Sound Designer
Jon Kilik Producer
Francine Maisler Casting
Chris Minkler Sound/Sound Designer
Stephen Mirrione Editor
Rodrigo Prieto Cinematographer
Ann Ruark Co-producer
Gustavo Santaolalla Score Composer
Sebastian Gaetano Silva Asst. Director
Jon Taylor Sound/Sound Designer
Corinne Golden Weber Associate Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Babel
1. The Rifle [:12]
2. Search For a Babysitter [:09]
3. The Accident [6:50]
4. Volleyball Game [1:38]
5. Guilt Sick [4:42]
6. Crossing the Border [:54]
7. In Need of a Doctor [5:11]
8. Police Visit [:24]
9. The Gun Trail [7:01]
10. Mexican Wedding [:47]
11. Local Medicine [2:59]
12. Tokyo Night [3:25]
13. On the Run [1:21]
14. Border Patrol [5:21]
15. No Transportation [3:24]
16. Seduction [3:36]
17. Surrender [1:58]
18. Lost in the Desert [5:09]
19. Reconnecting [:42]
20. The Silent Shout [5:23]
21. Deported [:46]
22. Leaving the Village [3:04]
23. Father and Daughter [3:54]
24. Credits [1:06]


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