Babel (Blu-Ray)

Release Date: 21 May 2007 | Certificate: Suitable for 15 years and over
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BABEL is the crowning achievement in the trilogy from the unstoppable creative pairing of screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga and director Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu which also includes AMORES PERROS (2000) and 21 GRAMS (2003). Building upon its predecessors method of weaving together disparate storylines BABEL reaches new heights of ambition with a tale that in the absence of traditional narrative and protagonist relies on numerous incredible performances to evoke an affecting relevance by framing contemporary issues in very human struggles and mistakes. Richard and Susan (Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett) are a wealthy couple from San Diego who are vacationing in Morocco in order to heal after the death of their young child their other two children are at home with their Mexican maid Amelia (Adriana Barraza). In a complex shift of ownership to which the audience is privy a rifle finds its way into the hands of a local herdsmans young sons (Said Tarchani and Boubker Ait El Caid) who recklessly take a shot at a tour bus and catch Susan in the shoulder causing her to nearly lose her life. The distraught Richard calls home to tell Amelia of the situation who promptly departs for Mexico to attend her childs wedding with Richard and Susans children in tow. Disaster thus multiplies with the situation in Morocco ascribed to terrorists in the media while Amelia meets with the harsh immigration policies of the Bush administration. Meanwhile in Tokyo a widower (Koji Yakusho) tied to the rifle in question attempts to deal with his memories and his raucous promiscuous deaf daughter (Rinko Kikuchi). br/ br/ Nearly every performance of the film is devastating offering an intimate emotional experience that would approach melodrama if it werent rendered so realistically. Cinematographer Rodrigo Prietos color palette masterfully captures the muted tones of the harsh natural landscapes of Morocco and the Mexican border as well as the fluorescent lights of Tokyo that denote another though equally barren end of
Release Date: 21 May 2007
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over

Region B
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Production Year: 2006
Main Language: English
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Catalogue No: BSP2014