Babel

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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 ...
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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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/16/2008
  • EAN: 5051368201436
  • Source: Imports
  • Region Code: 2
  • Format: Blu-ray

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