Wednesday, October 10, 2018

"Babel" (2006) is an interesting networked-plot film in multiple locations

I tend to like films with intersecting stories around the world (like “Life Itself”), and one of the best examples is “Babel” (2006, Paramount) from Alejandro Gonzalez Innaratu.  It is the last of a trilogy of “death” films including “Amores Peres”, and “21 Grams”.  
The drama has interlocking stories in three major locations:  Morocco, Japan, and the US-Mexico border area.  It all starts when an American woman on a bus (Cate Blanchett) is accidentally shot by a boy while her husband (Brad Pitt) has to fend for her.

The story moves to Japan, were a troubled girl deals with a police investigation that leads eventually back to the man who provided the gun in Morocco, after considerable complexity involving her mother’s suicide.

And on the US border the American’s children’s nanny (undocumented) gets involved in complications taking the kids across the border for a wedding.

There is also a lot of backstory of the American couple who had lost a child to SIDS.
It's pretty clear how the title of the film is inspired by the story in Genesis. 

Look also at "The Edge of Heaven", June 24, 2008. 

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