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Babel (I) (2006)

R  |   |  Drama  |  10 November 2006 (USA)
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Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.

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4 interlocking stories all connected by a single gun all converge at the end and reveal a complex and tragic story of the lives of humanity around the world and how we truly aren't all that different. In Morocco, a troubled married couple are on vacation trying to work out their differences. Meanwhile, a Moroccan herder buys a rifle for his sons so they can keep the jackals away from his herd. A girl in Japan dealing with rejection, the death of her mother, the emotional distance of her father, her own self-consciousness, and a disability among many other issues, deals with modern life in the enormous metropolis of Tokyo, Japan. Then, on the opposite side of the world the married couple's Mexican nanny takes the couple's 2 children with her to her son's wedding in Mexico, only to come into trouble on the return trip. Combined, it provides a powerful story and an equally powerful looking glass into the lives of seemingly random people around the world and it shows just how connected we... Written by Mac

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$389,351 (USA) (27 October 2006)

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$34,300,771 (USA) (23 March 2007)
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The shallow depth of field in Chieko's sequences is a nod to the photography of Mona Kuhn. Most of Kuhn's photos have shallow focus, a concept used by the filmmakers to emphasize Chieko's deafness and isolation. See more »

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Susan is sitting on the driver's side of the bus. The shooter fires into the other side of the bus. Susan simply could not have been shot by someone in the location of the shooter. See more »

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One of the best films of the past several years
27 December 2006 | by (San Antonio) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed Crash, but Babel goes far beyond where Crash went. The stories in Babel were far more compelling. I cared about all the characters and couldn't wait for the next piece of each of their stories. The exploration of other aspects of human interaction besides racism plus the fact that we are being shown that people are really the same the world over is what puts Babel a cut above.

A Mexican nanny trying to choose between her devotion to duty and one of the most important days in her family history. How many times have we been put into a situation where we try to do the right thing, but it turns out wrong? If we'd only had more time to make that decision....

Two Moroccan brothers who accidentally seriously injure someone. Didn't we all do some dumb stuff when we were kids? How lucky were we that things didn't go terribly wrong?

An American couple away from home. The wife is injured in what seems to be a terrorist attack. How would we feel? What would we do?

A deaf Japanese teenager, with other life issues, trying to find her place in society. What a compelling story. What if we couldn't hear? How would our lives in high school have been different?

This is one of the best films I've seen in the past several years. It's great storytelling with a very human point of view. I felt the pain of all the characters as they tried their best to deal with difficult circumstances. Babel is a must see for everyone who would like a better understanding of human nature and themselves.


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