• Babel
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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 Northern…  See 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. The bare-bones widescreen DVD release contains few special features.

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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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[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]

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
2. Search for a Babysitter
3. The Accident
4. Volleyball Game
5. Guilt Sick
6. Crossing the Border
7. In Need of a Doctor
8. Police Visit
9. The Gun Trail
10. Mexican Wedding
11. Local Medicine
12. Tokyo Night
13. On the Run
14. Border Patrol
15. No Transportation
16. Seduction
17. Surrender
18. Lost in the Desert
19. Reconnecting
20. The Silent Shout
21. Deported
22. Leaving the Village
23. Father and Daughter
24. Credits


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Babel 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was one of the worst movies that I have seen...slow and boring...and you have to read most of waht is being said...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just like the Biblical story referenced by its title, Babel strives for meaning but falls short. The film overloads itself with plot twists and collapses, which is too bad. A much more poignant story would have been the simplest one. For example, why did the Japanese girl have to deaf, mute, unloved, motherless, guilty and suicidal? Overdeveloped characters become unbelievable. Moreover, the premise and structure of the movie requires the viewer to suspend their disbelief more then usual. To wit, four interrelated stories set apart both culturally and geographically. As I said, this is all too bad because the first half of the film is engaging and intelligent. But then the film becomes too full of itself. Just like the ancient tower builders. PS: Based on personal knowledge, the “Customs and Border Patrol” scenes are exaggerated and inaccurate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fantastic storyline interweaves 4 different plots. Very interesting to watch unfold. The acting is flawless. The academy award nominations for the actors are well- deserved. The Golden Globes got it right -- best drama of the year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having not known the plot of the movie before watching I was pleased with the performance by the actors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great movie with interwoven stories that keep you waiting for the next scene. Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree that this one of the most over rated movie ever. It was horrible in so many ways. The movie had some good actiing however the story was horrible. Completly overated.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Outstanding film
Guest More than 1 year ago
This might be a case of the "talked-ups," but I was very disappointed with Babel. I thought the acting was wonderful, but the story fizzled out at the end and the characters were very underdeveloped. You wanted to know who people were and why we should care about their stories. Who were Brad Pitt's and Cate Blanchett's characters? Why was the Japanese girl so disturbed? What ever happened to the Morrocan family? I also thought their interconnectedness was flimsy at best. The film had great moments, but I've seen much better attempts at weaving plotlines together.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The title alone suggests confusion as was God's intent, according to the Bible, when he caused humanity to have more than one language. The movie works on so many levels that a full review of the film is nigh impossible here. Nevertheless, the film shows that we really are interconnected in ways that are almost impossible to comprehend. It portrays so many aspects of how Americans affect the world that one cannot help but feel almost ashamed to be one. Misunderstanding is a recurring theme in America. Finally, this film stands out as an excellent example of why one should put oneself into another person's shoes. I cannot recommend it any higher to anyone who wants to be a better person.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Still, Babel is one of the most underrated films i've ever seen. The first time i saw this film, i was shocked at the great plot and storylines that intertwined and broke apart just as fast. True, this film does read like Crash, but it's no clone. The tearjerking stories that are all too realistic"take for example The "Crossing The Border" Scene". I was never bored during this almost 2.5 hour film. All i can say is it deserved better...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Babel is third in a trilogy by director Alejandro Gonzalz Inarrito of universal pain and hope. Four inerlocking stories all conected by a single gun all converge at the end and reveal a complex and tragic story of the lives of humanity around the world and how we truely aren't all that different. In Morocco, a troubled married couple is on vacation trying to work out their differneces. Meanwhile, a Moroccan herder buys a rifle for his sons so they can kill the jackels that try to attck his herd. A girl in Japan dealing with rejection, the death of her mother, the emotional distance of her father, her own self-consciousness, and a disability among several other issues, deals with modern life in the enormous metropolis of Tokyo, Japan. Then, on the opposite side of the world the married couple's Mexican nanny takes the couple's two children with her to her son's wedding in Mexico, only to literally run into trouble on the return trip. Combined, it provides a powerful story and an equally powerful looking glass into the lives of seemingly random people around the world and shows just how connected we really are. This film truely is one of the most underrated films and,in my opinion, deserved the Oscar for Best Picture in 2007.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best thing that can be said about this movie is: NOTHING!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent movie. A little too real and frustrating at times, but that is what made it so good. I cried at the end...a lot. I sat there with my tear-stained, mascara-smeared face and was surprised at my outburst of emotions. It was just so powerful and wonderfully moving. Maybe I just get too into movies, but I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alternately epic and intimate, political and personal, Babel is a film which bombards the senses with big ideas and even bigger ideas. The four story lines contain a cacophony of culture and languages- from Latin immigrants to Middle Eastern villagers to a deaf Japanese girl- and blend seamlessly into a devastating harmony. The most enduring aspect of Babel is its thoughtful, but never preachy approach to bridging the gaps in our fractured 9/11 reality. This is a film about compassion, showing that all people- regardless of race or culture- share love, pain, and try to make sense of the extraordinary things that happen to them.
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