Alejandro González Iñárritu (2006)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Acclaimed Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu, working with regular co-writer Guillermo Arriaga, once again fashions an ambitious, harrowing narrative from seemingly unconnected stories. As if to top his debut Amores Perros (set in Mexico City) and English-language follow-up 21 Grams (shot in Memphis), Babel crosses three continents and employs a number of languages, including sign. Two young goatherds fire a newly acquired rifle from a Moroccan hillside, precipitating trouble for an American tourist couple (Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett) and a risky trip from San Diego across the Mexican border for their nanny (a formidable Adriana Barraza). Meanwhile, a deaf-mute teenager in Tokyo (Rinko Kikuchi) experiences familial, social and sexual frustration. Deftly moving between these four strands, the film is grainily handsome, naturalistically acted (the Moroccans are non-professionals) and throws up assorted themes to chew on. But with one of the links predictable and another arbitrarily contrived, the whole isn't quite as profound as it appears.


An American couple visit Morocco, but when one of them is accidentally shot, an international crisis ensues. Their Mexican maid, who was left to look after the children back home, encounters difficulty recrossing the border following her son's wedding, while in Tokyo, a deaf mute girl, whose father has a connection to the man responsible for the shooting, struggles to cope with her mother's suicide. Drama, starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Gael Garcia Bernal.

Cast & Crew

Richard Brad Pitt
Susan Cate Blanchett
Santiago Gael García Bernal
Yasujiro Koji Yakusho
Chieko Rinko Kikuchi
Amelia Adriana Barraza
Yussef Boubker Ait El Caid
Ahmed Said Tarchani
Debbie Elle Fanning
Mike Nathan Gamble
Director Alejandro González Iñárritu
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Other Information

Language: English, Spanish, Japanese, Arabic +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Violence, swearing and drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 19 Jan 2007