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7,913 Ratings


United States, France, 2006


A single gun serves as the catalyst for four interlocking tales of despair set across the globe in the countries of Morocco, Japan, Mexico, and the United States.

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Babel Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2006 | 3 wins including: Best Director

Academy Awards

2007 | Winner: Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score

2007 | 6 nominations including: Best Motion Picture of the Year

Critics reviews

Ultimately, Babel falls back on thematic clichés – such as female victimization and cultural Othering – in order to help viewers decipher the storyline’s elusive meaning. This kind of social legibility undermines the film’s potential for destabilizing mainstream cinematic codes and ideologies. Nonetheless, Babel provides a useful case study in examining how far artistic innovation can push the boundaries of mainstream cinema without jeopardizing the prospect of commercial success.
January 01, 2008
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