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.

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A slow moving movie but well worth the watch. It interweives the lives and connections of different people and different cultures, bringing them all together in an abstract way. Some scenes were not worth the film time given them, but overall a fascinating film that captivated me until the end.

Interesting reviews here... i guess I feel the same as the consensus.

It's far more interesting than 80% of others films in cinemas, but is a bit convoluted & bloated.

Nice try, shame about the endorsement of cliches...loose mexicans, emotionally suppressed japanese, spoilt americans, peasants with hearts. Enjoyable until you really think about it.
Loved Brad Pitts 'bags' under his eyes. Loved the contrast of an dusty desert to the night lights of Tokyo. My favorite story line was the most contemporary tale, the naked lonely soul desperate to connect, which gave insights into a world without sound.
Worth seeing but overhyped as something different. In the... More end its just same old Hollywood.Hide

Badly shot, badly edited, bad script and an hour too long. Might have been an ok character study if it had been an hour shorter. Terrible, nauseating handheld camera. The DOP should be jailed. Sad, tributary links between three stories that are all very serious about conveying something. But you never really work out what it is. Poignant soundscaping over badly cut montages with no meaning. This film utterly fails to convey the beauty and tragedy of life. Instead it reminds us that, with a big... More enough budget and the right marketing, even the worst film can fool the critics. Puke!Hide

i thought the movie didn't make much sense in parts and the story was far too scattered. What on earth was the mexican celebrating in their for..quite depressing and needed the storyline to make sense..

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