Babel (2006, USA/MEX/FRA) C-143m. *** D: Alejandro González Inárritu. Starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Mohamed Akhzam, Peter Wight, Harriet Walter, Trevor Martin, Matyelok Gibbs, Georges Bousquet, Nathan Gamble, Gael García Bernal, Rinko Kikuchi, Kôji Yakusho. Impressive thriller drama from the director of AMORES PERROS (2000) and 21 GRAMS (2003) interlocks four different stories: Pitt and his wife Blanchett are mourning the death of their infant child and have gone on a holiday to Morocco. During a bus ride she is accidentally shot by two Moroccan children, who have just received a gun from their father (story 2). In the third segment, Pitt and Blanchett's other children, back at home in San Diego, are taken to a wedding in Mexico by their nanny. Finally, in Tokyo, Japan, an aimless, deaf teenager desperately looking for love and attention is also linked to the other stories. Complex, engrossing drama showing tragedy in all corners of the world, superbly directed and extremely well-edited. Oscar winner for Best Score, also won the Best Director and Best Editing (Technical Grand Prize) awards at Cannes.

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