DVD - 2007
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A wealthy American is touring Morocco with his wife. The two become the focus of an international incident also involving a poor Moroccan farmer who is struggling to keep his two young sons in line and his family together. A San Diego nanny, with her employers absent, makes the disastrous decision to take her charges with her to a wedding in Mexico. A deaf-mute Japanese teen tries to deal with a relationship with her father and the world in general that has been upended by the death of her mother. It's about a gun. It's about communication - or the lack of it - both intercultural and intracultural. Raises issues like terrorism and immigration, and is as basic as husbands talking to their wives and parents understanding their children.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment, 2007, c2006
Edition: Widescreen format
ISBN: 9781415728550
Call Number: DVD F BABE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (143 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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The casting of hearing actor Rinko Kikuchi in a deaf role caused controversy in the deaf community. Her character deals with the death of her mother and her relations with men in a movie that shows the connections between several seemingly unrelated events.

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Jun 11, 2017

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 !!!

Jun 07, 2016

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.

Nov 03, 2014

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.

Jun 22, 2014

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.

Jun 07, 2014

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.

Jun 20, 2013

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."

Jan 25, 2013

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.

Nov 20, 2012

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.

Oct 18, 2012

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.

Apr 04, 2012

A great story showing the problems of communication and the lack of it along with the consiquences.

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Apr 04, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Children should watch with parents present

Apr 04, 2012

Violence: Children should watch with parents


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