Evelyn GoughIn the Picture

Babel

Directed by Alejandro Gonzales Innaritu

Rated MA 15+

When a grateful Japanese hunter gives his rifle to his Moroccan guide he could never have envisioned the dreadful chain of events he would unleash.

Around the world, across three continents, lives will be changed forever. All because of this one simple act of misguided kindness. From the director of 21 Grams and Amores Perros comes this powerful and mesmerising film which will have you riveted from the very first scene.

Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt deliver some of their finest performances playing an American couple whose dream holiday touring through Morocco rapidly deteriorates into the holiday from hell.

Meanwhile, back in the United States, a nanny is illegally crossing into Mexico with two American children and half a world away in Japan a deaf-mute teenager is wracked with grief and isolation.

And that is the common theme running through Alejandro Innaritus fascinating film. Isolation, confusion, misunderstanding and a deep sense of loss. Hence the reference to Babel. Just like in the Bible story its all about a breakdown in communication.

It also delivers a very strong anti-gun message without shoving it down your throat. This is one of the most thought-provoking and intense films Ive seen for a long time. If you enjoy your movies more intellectually stimulating and packed with more punch than your average Hollywood blockbuster I highly recommend Babel. But be warned, it wont be to everyones taste as it is at times very confronting and quite shocking.

With the Academy Awards rapidly approaching Babel is a must-see!


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