Babel (Blu-ray) (2006) - Oscar® Winner!
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From the Director of Amores Perros and 21 Grams.
|Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving six different families.|
"...overflowing with memorable acting, unforgettable images, searing tragedy, unexpected humor... Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"...a masterful film, the kind you itch to see twice or more... Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"...a powerhouse, demanding film...first-rate cast and company. Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The year's richest, most emotionally explosive film. A towering achievement... Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Editor's NoteBABEL is the crowning achievement in the trilogy from the unstoppable creative pairing of screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga and director Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu, which also includes AMORES PERROS (2000) and 21 GRAMS (2003). Building upon its predecessors' method of weaving together disparate storylines, BABEL reaches new heights of ambition with a tale that, in the absence of traditional narrative and protagonist, relies on numerous incredible performances to evoke an affecting relevance by framing contemporary issues in very human struggles and mistakes. Richard and Susan (Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett) are a wealthy couple from San Diego who are vacationing in Morocco in order to heal after the death of their young child; their other two children are at home with their Mexican maid, Amelia (Adriana Barraza). In a complex shift of ownership to which the audience is privy, a rifle finds its way into the hands of a local herdsman's young sons (Said Tarchani and Boubker Ait El Caid), who recklessly take a shot at a tour bus and catch Susan in the shoulder, causing her to nearly lose her life. The distraught Richard calls home to tell Amelia of the situation, who promptly departs for Mexico to attend her child's wedding, with Richard and Susan's children in tow. Disaster thus multiplies, with the situation in Morocco ascribed to terrorists in the media, while Amelia meets with the harsh immigration policies of the Bush administration. Meanwhile, in Tokyo, a widower (Koji Yakusho) tied to the rifle in question attempts to deal with his memories and his raucous, promiscuous, deaf daughter (Rinko Kikuchi).Nearly every performance of the film is devastating, offering an intimate, emotional experience that would approach melodrama if it weren't rendered so realistically. Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto's color palette masterfully captures the muted tones of the harsh natural landscapes of Morocco and the Mexican border, as well as the fluorescent lights of Tokyo that denote another, though equally barren, end of the spectrum. The misunderstandings born of cultural, language, and class barriers are on par with those that occur between family members, depicting a world that, while connected in the least expected of ways, is also faced with a deep-seated crisis that threatens to alienate humanity from itself.
Babel - DVD
By: Chris Barsanti filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 2/9/2007 10:11 PM
|The Bible gives us the story of the tower of Babel, the magnificently tall structure whose height was deemed offensive and impertinent by God. To punish humanity for its architectural hubris, God then decided to drive a linguistic wedge between the nations of the world, who until then had spoken the same tongue. As fables go, this is a particularly effective one in that it both illustrates a moral -- don't think you're better than God or you shall be struck down with all speed -- and also provides a handy answer to those who wondered why there are so many different languages anyway....read the full review|
Babel - DVD
By: Rafe Telsch Cinema Blend DVD Reviews
Published on: 2/19/2007 11:16 PM
|Babel was advertised as a play on the story from which it derives its name. The idea pushed in advertisements was a barrier of language, causing communication problems for the couple who need medical attention after that run in with the bullet, among others. The idea seemed to be that no matter who we are, there is somewhere in the world we don't fit in because of language. It's an interesting theme and ties in nicely with the film's title. Sadly, it's not what the movie is about at all. ...read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Gael Garcia Bernal|
|Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - Director|
|Douglas Crise - Editor|
|Guillermo Arriaga - Writer|
|Gustavo Santaolalla - Original Music By|
|Rika Nakanishi - Art Director|
|Rodrigo Prieto - Cinematographer|
|Stephen Mirrione - Editor|
|Steve Golin, et. al. - Producer|
|Golden Globe, Babel, Best Motion Picture - Drama|
|Golden Globe, Brad Pitt, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture|
|Golden Globe, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Best Director - Motion Picture|
|Golden Globe, Adriana Barraza, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture|
|Golden Globe, Rinko Kikuchi, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture|
|Cannes Film Festival, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Best Director|
|Cannes Film Festival, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury|
|Cannes Film Festival, Stephen Mirrione, Technical Grand Prize|
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