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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:
Brad Pitt, Gael Garcia Bernal
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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

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By EA 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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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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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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Having read the reviews on this page before I watched the film, I was expecting a horrific, graphic, harrowing tale of depression. Ok, it is pretty harrowing to be honest, but there is so much more to the film than that. You keep expecting the worst to happen, and whilst what you are watching is pretty horrible, it does end with a positive feeling and is one of those films that stays with you for a while.

It is quite a tough film to watch, seeing the angst of the main characters in each country and wishing things will turn out for the best when it is not always the case. And the whole time, you are wondering what the link is between each story. I don't think it is difficult to keep up with, and everything comes together nicely at the end, not a twist as such, more of an explanation.

The main thing that struck me about the film was that it felt so real. I think the term 'gritty' is quite cliched, but you actually feel like it's set in real places and not just Hollywood's interpretation of them.

I thought it was very well done and interesting to watch. Well worth giving it a try. If you don't like films that challenge you and make you think, watch a PG RomCom!
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Anyone watching this purely 'because it's got Brad Pitt in it' is clearly not going to get it, hence some of the poor reviews elsewhere on this site. This is no typical, mindless, fast moving action movie, nor does it follow a predictable, plot-by-numbers storyline with a clear-cut conclusion, and as such some viewers were always going to struggle.
But for those who enjoy something a little more thought provoking, this is a great watch. Basically we follow four separate, but interlinked (albeit fairly tenuously at times) storylines, exploring a common theme of communication (or lack of), in 3 highly contrasting environments. The film is visually stunning, and the acting felt realistic throughout. It's all fairly slow paced, but then it needs to be in order to let us fully absorb the atmosphere of the different locations and cultures.
It's not a film for the faint hearted. There are some scenes which may shock. But there are also some very touching moments. At times you will need to fill in the gaps, or draw your own conclusions, and I say that is a positive since far too many films are guilty of dictating to us exactly how we should feel. Put your thinking hat on and you'll be fine... just don't expect happy endings right across the board!
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