Babel

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Released 2006

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Director:
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Released:
2006
Rating:
R
Babel is a 2006 dramatic film directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu that tells interconnecting story of characters in Morocco, Japan, Mexico, and the United States. In Morocco, Abdullah's sons Yussef (Bobuker Ait El Caid) and Ahmed (Said Tarchini) are playing with their new rifle when Yussef aims at a Western tourist bus and accidentally hits San Diego native Susan Jones (Cate Blanchett). Susan's husband Richard Jones (Brad Pitt) stays with her as they wait for a helicopter sent by the American embassy. Yussef and Ahmed tell Abdullah what they have and they go on the lam. Meanwhile Chieko Wataya (Rinko Kikuchi) is a deaf Japanese girl living in Tokyo. She is sexually frustrated, and when two police officers are interested in questioning her, she invites one of them back to her house in hopes that she may sleep with him. In the United States, Amelia (Adriana Barraza) is the nanny to Susan and Richard's two children. Amelia is forced to take the two children with her when she goes to a wedding in Tijuana and upon their return is stopped at the border. Amelia and the children are then separated and become stranded in the desert. Babel was nominated for numerous Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Screenplay.moreless

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  • 90

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Effectively building dread and emotional tension as tragic incidents triggered by human stupidity and carelessness steadily multiply, this film, like "21 Grams" in particular, empl...

  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    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...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    The beauty of this film is in its lapidary details, which sparkle with feeling and surprise.

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    family tragedy, cerebral, life vs. death, social commentary, foreign worlds