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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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Alejandro G. Iñárritu (as Alejandro González Iñárritu)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Pitt ... Richard
Cate Blanchett ... Susan
Mohamed Akhzam Mohamed Akhzam ... Anwar
Peter Wight ... Tom
Harriet Walter ... Lilly
Trevor Martin Trevor Martin ... Douglas
Matyelok Gibbs Matyelok Gibbs ... Elyse
Georges Bousquet Georges Bousquet ... Robert
Claudine Acs Claudine Acs ... Jane
André Oumansky André Oumansky ... Walter
Michael Maloney ... James
Dermot Crowley ... Barth
Wendy Nottingham Wendy Nottingham ... Tourist
Henry Maratray Henry Maratray ... Tourist
Linda Broughton Linda Broughton ... Tourist
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4 interlocking stories connected by a single gun converge at the end to 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 really ... Written by Mac

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Drama

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Rated R for violence, some graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

West Video [Russia]

Country:

France | USA | Mexico

Release Date:

10 November 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Вавилон See more »

Filming Locations:

Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$389,351, 29 October 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$34,302,837

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$135,330,182
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1.85 : 1
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As of 2018, features Rinko Kikuchi and Adriana Barraza's only Oscar nominated performances. See more »

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(at around 36 mins) Camera shadow on Richard and the blue car as it passes him behind the stopped bus. See more »

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[first lines]
Hassan: It's almost new. Three hundred cartridges. The guy who gave it to me said you can hit as far as three kilometers.
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Does He Who Looks for the Truth, Deserve the Truth?
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The Virtue Of Misunderstanding
11 February 2007 | by marcosaguadoSee all my reviews

There is nothing coincidental about the human connection but if you're interested in finding a reason for it, for them - you would have to dig into your spirit. It was meant to be and it was meant to be in the way that it unfolds, no matter how absurd, how contradictory, how seemingly coincidental. I don't know anything about Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, other than he is one of the most extraordinary filmmakers to emerge in the 00's, but I suspect he has the soul of a Christian prophet, the mysticism behind the realism of his stories reek of God and of New Testament. Amores Perros, 21 Grams (the weight of the soul, remember?) now Babel the famous, or infamous biblical tower. Gonzalesz Inarritu has put together an immediate universe populated by incomprehension and humanity shaken and wrapped in a bloody cloth of the purest linen. His images will remain with me forever in particular Adriana Barraza's moment with the American kids in the desert. A total triumph.


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