Babel

Babel

DVD - 2007
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A wealthy American is touring Morocco with his wife. The two become the focus of an international incident also involving a poor Moroccan farmer who is struggling to keep his two young sons in line and his family together. A San Diego nanny, with her employers absent, makes the disastrous decision to take her charges with her to a wedding in Mexico. A deaf-mute Japanese teen tries to deal with a relationship with her father and the world in general that has been upended by the death of her mother. It's about a gun. It's about communication - or the lack of it - both intercultural and intracultural. Raises issues like terrorism and immigration, and is as basic as husbands talking to their wives and parents understanding their children.

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reginator_22
Jan 24, 2018

Very good movie.

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anastassiamed
Jun 11, 2017

Good movie! Shows how small things simple things can lead to big mess. Not really thinking how all will be conected but it is scary how all is !!!

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JoaBiblio
Jun 07, 2016

How a small (irresponsible in this case) action can affect many lives across the world. The consequences of our interconnected lives in the global village.

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breemu
Apr 24, 2016

A tale of how a seemingly generous action can have terrible consequences, even a world away. How simple language, class, and cultural barriers can cause things to spiral unnecessarily out of control. How those who are most like us aren't necessarily our allies, and those who seem most foreign may be the ones we need most to connect with. How a lapse in judgement can so easily take a disastrous turn. How true innocents can make irreversible and terrible mistakes. How "justice" can turn out to be neither fair nor pleasing. And so much more.

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duane767
Nov 03, 2014

Not my cup of tea. I didn't finish watching the movie as I'd had enough. I don't doubt the ability of the filmmakers or the actors but I think the story could have been told differently in a way that wasn't, at times literally, so in your face.

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LARRY_M
Jun 22, 2014

Unless you enjoy being depressed, I'd advise not watching this movie.

The cinematics are good to very good. The story...a heart of darkness with few redeeming qualities or moments.

The pace is very slow and, to my mind, too roundabout.

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ehm_chen
Jun 07, 2014

Certainly not an easy watch, but intriguing, well put together, and beautifully shot. Multiple languages and means of (mis)communication, snap decisions that result in disaster, and tension to the hilt. Foreshadowing and suspense are a tad overplayed, especially at the end. I wouldn't recommend this film, just because it was so harrowing to sit through; at one point in the movie, when yet another person made yet another bad choice, my husband said "I hate everyone in this movie." Hats off to the filmmakers, but definitely not an 'enjoyable' movie.

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uzebdrumz
Jun 20, 2013

Babel is an association of experiences that are generally more depressing than uplifting. I can imagine that critics could wax artspeak about this film: "Babel encapsulates the disparate experiences of seemingly unrelated events into a series of tragic eventualities that exhibit the flaws of human nature. The main characters are an allegory for the microcosm of societal woes subjugated by the irony of technological advancement."

In other words, "shit happens."

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ericbrown
Jan 25, 2013

If you are interested we talked about this movie at the Carlingwood Library Film Club. We discuss three movies a month and we meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the Month.

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yumsushi
Nov 20, 2012

The premise of this movie is that pain is universal. However, I could not relate to any of the characters nor care for or about them.

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Aug 08, 2017

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Apr 04, 2012

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Mike117
Apr 04, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Children should watch with parents present

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Mike117
Apr 04, 2012

Violence: Children should watch with parents

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reginator_22
Jan 24, 2018

Richard: What about you? How many wives do you have?

Anwar: [Smiles] I can only afford one.

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