Babel

Out Now On-Demand

In a Moroccan desert, two boys fooling around with a gun take a pop at a passing bus – this detonates a chain of events that will link the two boys, an American tourist couple's (Brad Pitt & Cate Blanchett) frantic struggle to survive, a nanny (Adriana Barraza) illegally crossing into Mexico with two American children, and a Japanese teen rebel (Rinko Kikuchi) whose father is sought by the police in Tokyo. Also starring García Bernal.

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Awards

Winner of Best Picture, Golden Globes 2007. Winner of Best Director, Cannes Film Festival 2006.

Drama, Thriller

145mins

Rating: R16 contains violence, drug use, offensive language and sexual themes

USA, Mexico

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Hollywood Reporter

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The filmmakers succeed brilliantly in weaving these stories together, taking time to explore depth of character and relationships. The suspense builds throughout as everyone involved becomes lost in a place they don't understand with people they don't know if they can trust...

NZ Herald

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There are some truly heartfelt moments in this film, with Inarritu using tragedy as a catalyst for most of these characters to reconnect to each other. However, there is also a pervading sense of gloom as Babel illustrates how significant the barriers created by language can be...

Rolling Stone [USA]

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In the year's richest, most complex and ultimately most heartbreaking film, Inarritu invites us to get past the babble of modern civilization and start listening to each other...

San Fransisco Chronicle

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It's a film of unquestioned visual artistry, and the filmmakers' empathy and human understanding are apparent moment to moment, scene by scene. But despite sensitive performances, it's an experiment that fizzles...

Sydney Morning Herald

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The story of the Tower of Babel turns up in Hebrew and Muslim texts, as well as the Bible, but the basic gist is that men tried to build a stairway to heaven and God subverted them by giving them different languages. They could no longer understand each other, so the whole construction fell apart...

The New York Times

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In the end Babel, like that tower in the book of Genesis, is a grand wreck, an incomplete monument to its own limitless ambition. But it is there, on the landscape, a startling and imposing reality. It's a folly, and also, perversely, a wonder...

Variety [USA]

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Effectively building dread and emotional tension as tragic incidents triggered by human stupidity and carelessness steadily multiply, this film, like "21 Grams" in particular, employs a deterministically grim mindset in the cause of its philosophical aspirations, but is gripping nearly all the way...

A captivating film for the open minded.

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A captivating film for the open minded.

A slow moving movie but well worth the watch. It interweives the lives and connections of different people and different cultures, bringing them all together in an abstract way. Some scenes were not worth the film time given them, but overall a fascinating film that captivated me until the end.

Review

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Review

Interesting reviews here... i guess I feel the same as the consensus.

It's far more interesting than 80% of others films in cinemas, but is a bit convoluted & bloated.

bad, good, bad, good, bad

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bad, good, bad, good, bad

Nice try, shame about the endorsement of cliches...loose mexicans, emotionally suppressed japanese, spoilt americans, peasants with hearts. Enjoyable until you really think about it.

Loved Brad Pitts 'bags' under his eyes. Loved the contrast of an dusty desert to the night lights of Tokyo. My favorite story line was the most contemporary tale, the naked lonely soul desperate to connect, which gave insights into a world without sound.

Worth seeing but overhyped as something different. In the end its just same old Hollywood.

Bad, bad,bad!

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Bad, bad,bad!

Badly shot, badly edited, bad script and an hour too long. Might have been an ok character study if it had been an hour shorter. Terrible, nauseating handheld camera. The DOP should be jailed. Sad, tributary links between three stories that are all very serious about conveying something. But you never really work out what it is. Poignant soundscaping over badly cut montages with no meaning. This film utterly fails to convey the beauty and tragedy of life. Instead it reminds us that, with a big enough budget and the right marketing, even the worst film can fool the critics. Puke!

making sense

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making sense

i thought the movie didn't make much sense in parts and the story was far too scattered. What on earth was the mexican celebrating in their for..quite depressing and needed the storyline to make sense..

Obvious

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Obvious

Kinda nicely put together and well told but the story became a bit obvious well before the end and, well, hasn't that "6 degrees of separation" thing been done (and done and done)?


Many stories to make One.

There are almost too many storylines in this movie. It is a very 'earthy' movie, which stirs up emotions. It is not for the faint hearted (or romantic) and I would not go to it if I were epeleptic (no joke, it has a nightclub scene with all to real disco lights). It comes across as a very 'serious' movie, that has had a huge amount of technical effort to create.

Review

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I guess it's all what people say it is below, as well as - and most importantly - entertaining.

Babel - different languages same meaning

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Babel - different languages same meaning

Babel is a film that interrogates the aspects that unite us as humans- tragedy. It is well shot and the images that the film presents are moving and poignant.

The highlight of the film was the story of the Iraqi boys that foolishly play with a rifle their father has given them. One shot from the rifle puts in motion a series of events that link many people across languages and nations.

The film is extremely tragic and by the end of the film you are wanting to leave to escape the tragedy.

Whether that is the intention of the Director I do not know. But it is not a film that I would put myself through again.

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Compelling.

Whilst somewhat drawn out, this is a movie that draws you in as you see the Morracan life style centred around one family who "come by a rifle" and the mistake that only a boy could make affect the life of a touring couple who have left their children at home with their Mexican carer. As what happens in the home of the tourists in their absence and the Japanese home of the the giver of the rifle you get to understand something of the lifestyles of Mexicans, and Japanese. Quite cleverly interwoven.

Go see this movie.