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A stunning new movie from the director and writer of Amores Perros and 21 Grams, Babel is a grandly conceived and perfectly calibrated epic. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga seek nothing less than a modern version of the story of the Tower of Babel. Our inability to communicate, between cultures or even within relationships, is a jumping-off point for an astonishing series of interwoven stories covering the entire globe.American couple Susan (Cate Blanchett) and Richard (Brad Pitt) travel to Morocco on vacation, where catastrophe stalks their already troubled relationship. As their tour bus passes through a mountain village, a shot rings out and a strangerís decision to hand his sons a rifle creates an international incident. Meanwhile, in California, the coupleís two children are in the care of Amelia (Adriana Barraza), their nanny. When she has to drive to Mexico with her nephew, Santiago (Gael GarcÌa Bernal), for her sonís wedding, Amelia illegally brings her young charges with her. And in Tokyo, a widowed father (KÙji Yakusho) struggles to reach his deaf-mute teenaged daughter, Chieko (Rinko Kikuchi), as she swings through emotional and sexual extremes.The performances from established stars and non-professional newcomers are graced with a luminous natural flavour and a heartfelt intensity. Barraza, remembered for her role as the mother in Amores Perros, is one standout, bringing a confused pathos with which we cannot help but empathize. Blanchett conjures loveliness even in her characterís most difficult moments, but it is Pittís performance that will haunt you. He is fiercely stunning as the husband, father and American who fights to keep his world from crumbling. Blessed with inspired cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto and a stirring score by composer Gustavo Santaolalla, both of whose recent credits include Brokeback Mountain, Babelís journey through its dark places nonetheless leads to a destination that is quite simply transcendent. Toronto International Film Festival
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Directed by: 
Alejandro González Iñárritu
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English, Japanese, Spanish, French, Arabic and sign language with English subtitles
Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael GarcÌa Bernal, KÙji Yakusho, Rinko Kikuchi, Adriana Barraza
Screenplay by: 
Guillermo Arriaga

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