Babel (I) (2006)
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Within the film, the note's contents are never revealed. Part of it is momentarily visible to the viewer. The following is an approximate translation of the Japanese script beginning with the first line of the lower half of the notebook page, where "[EDGE]" indicates the end of that particular line on the notebook page:
. . . I wanted [EDGE] . . . myself [EDGE] . . . that's why [EDGE] . . . connected [EDGE] . . . that is [EDGE] . . . although I cannot [EDGE] . . . I have to find out [EDGE] . . . message from my mother [EDGE] . . . I was not sure if I was loved by my mother [EDGE] . . . but that's not the case . . . [EDGE] thank you. Edit (Coming Soon)
The title refers to the story of the Tower of Babel in the Biblical Book of Genesis. In the story, the people of the world are all united and speak a common language. They begin to build a tower to reach the heavens and become godlike themselves. God, seeing this, decides to confuse the language of the people and destroy the tower. When the people could no longer understand each other they gave up work on the tower and spread out to different parts of the world. It also refers to the connections -or lack thereof- that come through the use of language. In each storyline the characters struggle with surviving and self-identification based on misunderstanding through a language barrier. This film ultimately looks at the fact that we are all intimately connected on a life-and-death level, yet the trivialities of langauge and misunderstandings break us apart.
Also, the word 'babel' means a confused noise created by a number of voices, which is essentially what the story of the movie is Edit (Coming Soon)
English is spoken in about one-third of the film. Languages spoken throughout the film include Spanish, Arabic, French, Japanese, and an unspecified form of Sign Language, possibly Japanese Sign Language. Subtitles are used when English is not spoken and there is an option for deaf and hard of hearing viewers to turn on subtitles during the English-speaking portions. Edit (Coming Soon)
If Chieko's mother shot herself with that rifle, it is highly unlikely that Chieko's father would take it on a hunting expedition to Morocco due to his obvious grief over the loss of his wife which is clearly expressed in the movie. Chieko's mother could not have shot herself with that rifle after the hunting trip because Chieko's father gave it to his Moroccan guide which is clearly stated in the movie. Edit (Coming Soon)
It is safe to say that the smoke contained some sort of narcotic rather than simply tobacco due to the obvious soothing effect expressed by Susan Jones after inhaling the smoke. Given that Morocco is one of the world's largest producers of Cannabis, some have suggested that the pipe most likely contained hashish, which is made from Cannabis. However, considering 1) the type of pipe used, 2) the small amount taken, 3) the apparent anesthetic and soporific effects, and 4) the rapid onset of the effects; it seems more likely that the pipe contained opium, not hashish. Edit (Coming Soon)
So, in the beginning of the movie, we see that Richard calls the nanny and speaks to his son. This scene is the end of Richard and Susan's story (she is now in hospital), and it's the beginning of Amelia's story (her son's wedding etc).
So the events happen like this:
1) Susan/Richard + Chieko (These two stories can be happening at the same time, because the officers look for Chieko's father to ask him about his hunting rifle the one that Yussef shot Susan with however, the last scene with the cop saw the news 5 days after the initial shooting incident, so it is also possible that Chieko's story is after Susan/Richard) [EDIT] I believe that Chieko's story takes place after Susan's/Richard's story because the detective said the reason the lawmen wanted to talk to Chieko's father was an incident involving a rifle in Chieko's father's name.
EDIT: This is about the movie's chronology but doesn't actually answer the question about the hospital's scene (see Discuss) Edit (Coming Soon)
A radio news announcement is made in the midst of village scenes.The radio announcer informs the listeners about the incident involving an American tourist and delay in arranging heli-ambulance. As a result, in the movie, this has subsequently delayed the evacuation of Angelina to the hospital.
Can anyone share the radio station details and the language in which the news was broadcast? Does the radio station really exists or is it a fictitious scene? Edit (Coming Soon)