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March 17, 2009

Babel

Best movie I've seen this year.

How do I know this to be true?

Because it's the first one I've watched without stopping the DVD at least once to get up and do other stuff.

No could do last night once this one started to unreel.

I don't know quite how to describe it, but I'll give it a shot.

First off, it's by the same director and writer team (Alejandro González Iñárritu and Guillermo Arriaga) responsible for "Amores Perros" and "21 Grams," which I also found riveting.

The story's about three seemingly independent worlds —  in Tokyo, on both sides of  the U.S./Mexico border near San Diego, and in Morocco  — whose inhabitants' lives intertwine and result in a series of events that couldn't happen — but do.

Just like everyday life.

Though the name stars — Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Gael García Bernal, whose names were required to greenlight the film — are fine, the movie's real stars are Rinko Kikuchi as a deaf mute Japanese schoolgirl, Adriana Barraza as a Mexican nanny of two upscale San Diego children, and two young boys, played by non-professional Moroccan actors Boubker Ait El Caid and Said Tarchini.

The film is spectacularly beautiful and the sound track is mesmerizing.

As soon as this post is finished, I'm going to get all the other movies written and directed by Iñárritu and Arriaga.

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I could kick myself in the arse for not seeing this when it came out. As most things in life, out of sight, out of mind... I forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder.

Posted by: Joe Peach | Mar 20, 2009 6:27:40 PM

I agree. It stayed with me for a long time after watching it. My one complaint would be that plotwise, it all tied in much too well.

Posted by: Milena | Mar 18, 2009 10:58:17 AM

I saw this in the theatre. It was very memorable, not the typical hollywood movie at all. The concept of parallel lives, which, as you say, is the reality, is haunting when you take a moment to ponder it.

Posted by: Karl Zipser | Mar 18, 2009 5:55:11 AM

brad pitt, nyet!

Posted by: rob | Mar 17, 2009 9:22:15 PM

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