20 January, 2021


Takes us through four stories about frail relationships that show how diverse destinies can get intertwined

Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael Garcia Bernal
Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Rating: ***

In Babel, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu brings together multiple characters, locations and lingos, all on to one canvas. As the complex, textured, moody and languorous narrative moves from one story to the next, it shows how diverse destinies can get intertwined. Sometimes by a rifle.

The Biblical echoes about the Tower of Babel are all too loud and clear. God created linguistic confusion to prevent mankind from aspiring to heaven. That chaos and conflict continue to reign supreme.

Babel takes us through four stories—a Moroccon family acquiring a gun to keep jackals away from their cattle, an American tourist getting shot on a bus ride through Morocco, a nanny taking her American employer’s kids to Mexico for her son’s wedding and a deaf and mute Japanese teenager unable to communicate with her father after her mother’s suicide. All these...



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