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In the remote sands of the Moroccan desert, a rifle shot rings out - detonating a chain of events that will link an American tourist couple's frantic struggle to survive, two Moroccan boys involved in an accidental crime, a nanny illegally crossing into Mexico with two American children and a Japanese teen rebel whose father is sought by the police in Tokyo. Separated by clashing cultures and sprawling distances, each of these four disparate groups of people are nevertheless hurtling towards a shared destiny of isolation and grief. In the course of just a few days, they will each face the dizzying sensation of becoming profoundly lost - lost in the desert, lost to the world, lost to themselves - as they are pushed to the farthest edges of confusion and fear as well as to the very depths of connection and love.

Starring:
Koji Yakusho, Gael Garcia Bernal
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 22 minutes
Starring Koji Yakusho, Gael Garcia Bernal, Rinko Kikuchi, Adriana Barraza, Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt
Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Alejandro Gonzalez
Genres Drama
Studio PARAMOUNT
Rental release 21 May 2007
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 22 minutes
Starring Koji Yakusho, Gael Garcia Bernal, Rinko Kikuchi, Adriana Barraza, Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt
Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Alejandro Gonzalez
Genres Drama
Studio PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 3 November 2008
Main languages English

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Mar. 2007
Format: Blu-ray
Alejandro González Iñárritu and Guillermo Arriaga (who have sadly had a falling-out) may be one of the most formidable creative teams in the industry. Without resorting to cheap sentiments or preaching, Iñárritu crafts a quietly compelling follow-up to "21 Grams," with an introspective look at the interlaced lives after a tragedy.

Two boys in Morocco buy a rifle, and while testing it out, they strike a passing tourist bus. Unfortunately, the bullet strikes a vacationing American woman (Cate Blanchett), in the middle of a rural area with no real medical facilities. Unable to be transported, the woman and her husband (Brad Pitt) are dropped off in a rural village, to await help.

Unknowingly, the boys have triggered off shattering events in other people's lives across the world -- a troubled, deaf Japanese girl (Rinko Kikuchi) causes a commotion, and the police find that this neglected, lonely teen is the daughter of the man who originally had the boys' rifle. And the American couple's nanny (Adriana Barraza) is delayed going to her son's wedding, and attempts to bring the children into Mexico with her -- with disastrous results.

"Babel" is like a series of completely different photographs, but with the same person in the background. These haunting looks at how lives can be changed in an instant -- and the effects of violence, whether malicious or careless -- makes up the last volume of Iñárritu and Arriaga's "Death Trilogy." It illustrates death with the fragility of life.

But it's also about the difficulty of communicating in the modern world.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Jan. 2008
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'Babel' is a slow paced, slightly melancholy film that follows four different stories and the links between them. It is a lot more coherent to watch than '21 Grams' which was made by the same director and makes this more enjoyable as a result. The stories are a touch aimless at times and the endings, whilst linking up well, aren't very powerful. But I guess life is like that, you have events that have a major impact and then you keep on going, plus we are a lot more connected than we first realise. I guess that is what this film is trying to put across. The performances were excellent, especially Chieko, the japanese deaf-mute girl, where you really feel her frustrations and vulnerability and Brad Pitt who is better than I thought he'd be. The soundtrack, which is quite sparse, allowing the atmosphere of the film to permeate through, was moving when it had to be and was far enough in the background when most appropriate. The ending piece of music was especially moving and added perfectly to the final scene. This is a good film and worth a watch, it has no definite beginning, middle and end, but that in no way detracts from the various stories and their impact, although I feel that may have disappointed other reviewers here. Give it a view and decided for yourself, especially if you like the feel of '21 Grams' but not the convoluted or confusing storyline.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By miel22 on 16 Nov. 2007
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Maybe it's an irony to find something that perhaps some find a downer, uplifting when feeling low.This is what happened for me last night when I watched this film. Life can be crap, but circumstances and what happens sometimes slips out of our hands. Life isn't fair, but anger does not solve this. It's just an effect that usually brings a result, which is more often than not, not good.
Anyway, of this film.I really do not feel like dissecting the beauty out of it, but seen this director's work before & felt sure was going to be good. It was. I will save for special times, but I will watch again & again.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Rob Goodster on 19 Dec. 2007
Format: Blu-ray
Im not going to write a review due to plenty of them available through respected newspaper and tv reviewers. However, I can honestly say the two poor reviews below irritated me enough to write this.

Ignore them, if you know anything about filmaking and are wanting to watch a clever, entertaining, atmospheric, gripping and beautifully photographed film look no further.

The two bad reviewers below obviously know nothing and that fact they found it dull shows their fairly brainless and watch brainless films. Just like children who talk at the back of cinemas due to not understanding whats going on.

Go and rent Air Bud 4 in HIGH DEF and leave these films alone.

5 STAR FILMS, OUTSTANDING!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gem Stone on 23 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
The reason I watched this film was due to visiting where it is filmed in Morocco, and it turned out our minibus driver was the driver of Brad Pitt's bus in the film! (We didn't believe him to be honest as he was a bit crazy, but yes he was right!). Its a twist of several different stories happening around the world (Morocco, Tokyo and Mexico) and how they intertwine. I liked it a lot and would recommend it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Pierson on 22 May 2007
Format: DVD
I thought, like `21 Grams', that this would be a big thick bowl of Intense Acting soup. I thought it would be taut with that pacing, restive, elegantly dogged camerawork. It is, but this time around it was as though the technique and intent tried to be evocative enough to suffuse the film with the intensity of the director's previous two. Unfortunately, the plot is just too fissured and tenuous to match its style and tone. There's the mute Japanese girl and the policeman- she's a virgin and she misses her mother. Is this supposed to be moving? The soundtrack and camerawork would suggest that it should be, but it just didn't work for me. It has the look, the directorial weight, of a moving film and certain moments of blood-soaked catharsis between Pitt and Blanchett were almost good enough for me to like it, but, strangely (Guillermo Arriaga is a good script writer), it just felt as though Inarritu was installing his style around a script too perfunctory, too contrived, too tenuous for the two to coalesce into anything like the same actorly (though affecting) intensity of `21 Grams'. Give yourself to that movie and when Naomi Watts screams, `Call a f---ing ambulance!' I nearly did. There is an extraordinary moment in `Grams', in the scene in which Naomi Watts is told her husband and daughters were in a car accident. NW does a convincing though stock, disbelieving breakdown, and silently, on the camera's right shoulder, Clea Duvall (NW's character's sister) puts the back of her hand to her mouth, tries not to cry, clenches her teeth- it's eight, nine seconds of brick-wall grief and it's shatteringly effective. It's such controlled brilliance, such pitch-perfect tightening of a scene and it's the mark of a director who can give that nudge of subtlety to a full-on scene with confidence and skill.Read more ›
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