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Good movie! Shows how small things simple things can lead to big mess. Not really thinking how all will be conected but it is scary how all is !!!
How a small (irresponsible in this case) action can affect many lives across the world. The consequences of our interconnected lives in the global village.
A tale of how a seemingly generous action can have terrible consequences, even a world away. How simple language, class, and cultural barriers can cause things to spiral unnecessarily out of control. How those who are most like us aren't necessarily our allies, and those who seem most foreign may be the ones we need most to connect with. How a lapse in judgement can so easily take a disastrous turn. How true innocents can make irreversible and terrible mistakes. How "justice" can turn out to be neither fair nor pleasing. And so much more.
Not my cup of tea. I didn't finish watching the movie as I'd had enough. I don't doubt the ability of the filmmakers or the actors but I think the story could have been told differently in a way that wasn't, at times literally, so in your face.
Unless you enjoy being depressed, I'd advise not watching this movie.
The cinematics are good to very good. The story...a heart of darkness with few redeeming qualities or moments.
The pace is very slow and, to my mind, too roundabout.
Certainly not an easy watch, but intriguing, well put together, and beautifully shot. Multiple languages and means of (mis)communication, snap decisions that result in disaster, and tension to the hilt. Foreshadowing and suspense are a tad overplayed, especially at the end. I wouldn't recommend this film, just because it was so harrowing to sit through; at one point in the movie, when yet another person made yet another bad choice, my husband said "I hate everyone in this movie." Hats off to the filmmakers, but definitely not an 'enjoyable' movie.
Babel is an association of experiences that are generally more depressing than uplifting. I can imagine that critics could wax artspeak about this film: "Babel encapsulates the disparate experiences of seemingly unrelated events into a series of tragic eventualities that exhibit the flaws of human nature. The main characters are an allegory for the microcosm of societal woes subjugated by the irony of technological advancement."
In other words, "shit happens."
If you are interested we talked about this movie at the Carlingwood Library Film Club. We discuss three movies a month and we meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the Month.
The premise of this movie is that pain is universal. However, I could not relate to any of the characters nor care for or about them.
There were no boring moments in the film and the acting was stellar. I kept forgetting it was only a film and not real life and wanted to reach into it to slap some of the characters for their stupid behavior.
Unfortunately, the one major flaw in this film was the apparently gratuitous filming of Japanese and Moroccan adolescents acting out sexually. These scenes wouldn't have been problematic If the sub-plots involving them were resolved in the movie as a whole: ie "sexually abused teens get rescued when police investigate unrelated issues." Left as they were, these scenes dangerously portray such behaviors as "normal" amongst adolescents, which they are not.
A great story showing the problems of communication and the lack of it along with the consiquences.
amazing amazing movie reminds me of "Crash" with all of the different and interweaving of experiences and viewpoints...
I was put off by one of the story's constant gratuitous, arguably exploitative, nudity.
What a heavy, dark, yet enriching film! It was so intense I had to view it in three different sittings. Very much an adult film, not for the typical reasons of sex or violence, but for emotional and situational angst. The different narratives are all deeply encompassing, giving me the sense of traveling and experiencing culture shock. I recommend this movie to those who want to be challenged and who appreciate the independent-film style of directing. I am exhausted, but left with new perspectives on this world.
An amazing film! The title is a Biblical reference. It tells how people wanted to be able to reach heaven and built a tower. As a result, God punished their ignorance and from there emerges languages. The movie kind of parallels this Biblical reference where various lives clash.
Perhaps it achieves what it sets out to do--I remember feeling after watching it as if I had endured some of the struggles of the husband in Morocco or parents. So, if you have excess energy you want to drain off...
Nominted for best picture, best original screenplay, best editing and best director Oscar. Adriana Barraza was nominated for best supporting actress Oscar. Won best music.