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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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Storyline

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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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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Color

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1.85 : 1
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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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Can I Be Forgiven?
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Well made but it doesn't add up to much
10 February 2007 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

This is a film that is in part about how we fail to communicate and how we fail to understand not only with people in other cultures but also with people just around the block. This is the story of one family and how miscommunication and a lack of understanding spirals out into tragedy. Told in a disjointed manner that alters the time frame we have four stories: A family in Morocco who get a gun to protect the sheep they herd, A couple on vacation in the same country which has its vacation shattered by a shooting, the children of the couple who take a trip with their housekeeper to Mexico, and a seemingly unconnected story of a Japanese father and daughter. Thats what happens in simplistic terms. What happens on the screen is an often rending tale of how life connects us all in weird ways that we can't always explain. Its a beautiful movie to look at and is magnificently acted.

Unfortunately this viewer was bored silly by it. Pretentious to the point of silliness this is a movie that is going to spell out its premise over and over again. Yes, we can't communicate (and if it isn't clear one of the characters is deaf), yes we are all connected, yes this will lead to tragedy. Thank you for pointing it out for us, but did you have to do it for almost two and a half hours? Don't get me wrong there is a good story in this movie, but the way the director has chosen to tell it, out of order with the grafting on of the Japanese portion of the film, it all becomes lost. Its an attempt to add some emotional and intellectual weight to a story that doesn't need it. I walked out of the the film admiring it and what it was trying to do, but not liking it much at all.

Wait for video or cable


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