In BABEL, a tragic incident involving
an American couple in Morocco sparks a chain of events for
four families in different countries throughout the world.
Tied by circumstance but
separated by continent, culture and language, each character
discovers that it is family that ultimately provides solace.
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
involved in an accidental crime, a nanny illegally crossing
into Mexico with two American children and a deaf 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.
In this mesmerizing, emotional film that was shot in
three continents and four languages – and traverses both the
deeply personal and the explosively political -- acclaimed
director Alejandro González Iñárritu (21 GRAMS, AMORES
PERROS) explores with shattering realism the nature of the
barriers that seem to separate humankind. In doing so, he
evokes the ancient concept of BABEL and
questions its modern day implications: the mistaken
identities, misunderstandings and missed chances for
communication that, though often unseen, drive our
Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael Garcia Bernal, Koji
Yakusho, Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuchi lead an
international ensemble of actors and non-professional actors
from Morocco, Tijuana and Tokyo, who enrich BABEL’s take on
cultural diversity and enhance its powerful remarks on
cultural links and frontiers.
Paramount Vantage. Pictures. All
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