A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Thomas Bo Larsen,
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
Babel is my film of the year, and probably the best film I've seen in
quite a few years.
The film looks at relationships, from husband/wife, parent/children,
brother/sister and plays around the themes of love in adversity. The
characters are all interlinked in a very random way, it's a little like
10 degrees of separation.
The film is set in Morocco, Mexico, Japan and the US, and the director
makes full use of the different backdrops to bring the picture alive.
The characters are deep and insightful, each has a problem to face up
to and the subtle, naturalistic way their issues play out make for
truly emotional cinema. This is not a film about heroes, it's a film
about trying to make the right choices when your back is to the wall,
and the doubts that go with this.
Great movie, especially if you're a parent as your protective instincts
will kick in at least once during this movie!
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