Babel

Babel

Babel

In a Moroccan desert, two boys fooling around with a gun take a pop at a passing bus – this detonates a chain of events that will link the two boys, an American tourist couple's (Brad Pitt & Cate Blanchett) frantic struggle to survive, a nanny (Adriana Barraza) illegally crossing into Mexico with two American children, and a Japanese teen rebel (Rinko Kikuchi) whose father is sought by the police in Tokyo. Also starring García Bernal.

Winner of Best Picture, Golden Globes 2007. Winner of Best Director, Cannes Film Festival 2006.
2007Rating: R16, contains violence, drug use, offensive language and sexual themes145 minsUSA, Mexico
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Babel / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Effectively building dread and emotional tension as tragic incidents triggered by human stupidity and carelessness steadily multiply, this film, like "21 Grams" in particular, employs a deterministically grim mindset in the cause of its philosophical aspirations, but is gripping nearly all the way...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

In the end Babel, like that tower in the book of Genesis, is a grand wreck, an incomplete monument to its own limitless ambition. But it is there, on the landscape, a startling and imposing reality. It's a folly, and also, perversely, a wonder...

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

The story of the Tower of Babel turns up in Hebrew and Muslim texts, as well as the Bible, but the basic gist is that men tried to build a stairway to heaven and God subverted them by giving them different languages. They could no longer understand each other, so the whole construction fell apart...

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

It's a film of unquestioned visual artistry, and the filmmakers' empathy and human understanding are apparent moment to moment, scene by scene. But despite sensitive performances, it's an experiment that fizzles...

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

In the year's richest, most complex and ultimately most heartbreaking film, Inarritu invites us to get past the babble of modern civilization and start listening to each other...

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

There are some truly heartfelt moments in this film, with Inarritu using tragedy as a catalyst for most of these characters to reconnect to each other. However, there is also a pervading sense of gloom as Babel illustrates how significant the barriers created by language can be...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The filmmakers succeed brilliantly in weaving these stories together, taking time to explore depth of character and relationships. The suspense builds throughout as everyone involved becomes lost in a place they don't understand with people they don't know if they can trust...

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