Shit happens

“Babel” 2006 

 w-Guilliermo Arriaga  d-Alejandro González Iñárritu

Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett as Richard and Susan Gordon

Babel”, Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (“28 grams”)  is Four interlocking stories taking place simultaneously in three different locations on the planet.

Each story is touched  off by the other three, and the narrative flow of the film jumps back and forth in time, stitching the story together.

Here’s the plot, in a nutshell: (god help me)

Brad and Cate are vacationing in godforsaken Morocco.

Cate gets plugged in the neck by a .22 calibre rifle shot by two moron goatherder kids who live in the middle of butthole nowhere and have never heard of cause and effect.

This causes Brad and Cate (who by the way have two adorable blond children) to piss off their illegal Mexican immigrant nanny because they were suppose to be home in time for her to skedaddle back to godforsaken Mexico for her sons wedding. so…she takes the kids with her over the border, and her nephew who’s driving gets all drunk and evades the border guards and dumps the nanny and the kids into the middle of the sonoran desert, and she in her party dress and pumps and all.

So. it’s bad for Brad.

And Cate, who’s dying of blood loss and infection and the need to pee.

Meanwhile, over in Tokyo, this fucked up mute deaf Japanese girl gets all upset because no one wants to bone her. she has to do with Brad and co because her father sold the winchester rife to the idiot Moroccan when he was over there hunting yak or whatever.

Got it?

Iñárritu does weave a skillful and compelling story. I kept wanting to fast forward because I was so on the edge of my seat with suspense. Every time he cut back to the Tokyo story I wanted to scream and pull the screen down. The performances by …oh everyone who appears on the screen, are flawless. Also interesting was Iñárritu’s shuffling of the narrative thread, with some incidents happening before or after others in different locations and how they all interconnect.

Except the Japanese bits.

They really don’t matter much and could have been left out. The cinematography is excellent, with some amazing composition which truly leaves the viewer really feeling the desolateness of the respective Mexican and Moroccan deserts. Please netflix this film at once.

Oh…

and Brad Pitt is HOT!

3 responses to “Shit happens

  1. Cote Blanchette is nice! And I am not a big fan of blonds! CB

  2. hmm I thought the movie was about the ability to communicate. The Japanese storyline may seem out of place at first but try this little experiment. Take what foreign language skills you have and try not just communicating but succesfully expressing your personality in that language. If you find that who you are suddenly becomes lost in translation then you’ve taken the first step in understanding what the deaf kids represented in the movie. Now move to brad Pitt having to trust his wife’s life with people he can’t understand. Now think about the old saying, “language is how a culture defines its reality”, as well as the story of the tower of babel and watch the film again.

  3. For any of you bears out there willing to give the above experiment a try, here is a link to Costa Rican Bears. Ticosos.com IT has chat and you can even set up a profile. Try having a nice conservsation about a movie like this.

    Personally I think the director chose Trendy Tokyo and an adolescent deaf girl because I know tons of stuff would be lost in translation (think of the origional airplane and the Jive interpretor). People who sign often use a lot of slang as well as the ever so trendy people of tokyo. Coming of age is important because it is when we are the most image conscious and self expression is everything. I thought the girl did an incredible job of making you feel what she is going through.

    Anyway Check out Ticosos. Tico is a colorful word that people of costa rica call themselves, Oso of course means bear.

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