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Babel (2006)

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Babel is a psychological drama film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and written by Guillermo Arriaga. It stars an ensemble cast. The multi-narrative drama completes Arriaga’s and Iñárritu’s Death Trilogy, following Amores perros and 21 Grams. It is an international co-production among companies based in the United States, Mexico and France. The film portrays multiple stories taking place in Morocco, Japan, Mexico and the United States.

In a desert in Morocco, Abdullah, a goatherder, buys a 270 Winchester M70 rifle and a box of ammunition from his neighbor Hassan Ibrahim to shoot the jackals that have been preying on his goats. Abdullah gives the rifle to his two young sons, Yussef and Ahmed, and sends them out to tend to the herd. Ahmed, the older of the two, criticises Yussef for spying on their sister while she changes her clothes.

Richard and Susan are an American couple who came on vacation to Morocco to get away from and mend their own woes. The death of their infant third child, to SIDS, has strained their marriage significantly and they struggle to communicate their frustration, guilt, and blame; Richard has planned the vacation to make amends, but Susan remains paranoid and hostile. When Susan is shot on the tour bus, Richard orders the bus driver to the nearest village, Tazarine.

United States/Mexico; Richard and Susan’s Mexican nanny, Amelia (Adriana Barraza), tends to their children, Debbie (Elle Fanning) and Mike (Nathan Gamble), in their San Diego, California home while they are in Morocco. When Amelia learns of Susan’s injury, she is forced to take care of the children longer than planned and becomes worried that she will miss her son’s wedding. Unable to secure any other help to care for them, she calls Richard for advice, who tells her that she has to stay with the children.

Japan; Chieko Wataya is a rebellious, deaf Japanese teenage girl, traumatized by the recent suicide of her mother. She is bitter towards her father, Yasujiro Wataya snd boys her age. She starts exhibiting sexually provocative behavior, partly in response to dismissive comments from a member of her volleyball team. While out with friends, Chieko finds a teenage boy attractive, and following an unsuccessful attempt at socialising, exposes herself to him under a table.

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Writers: Guillermo Arriaga (idea), Alejandro González Iñárritu (idea)

Stars: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal, Rinko Kikuchi, Kōji Yakusho, Gael Garcia Bernal, Adriana Barraza, Elle Fanning, Mohamed Akhzam, Peter Wight

Cast:

Brad PittRichard
Cate BlanchettSusan
Mohamed AkhzamAnwar
Peter WightTom
Harriet WalterLilly
Trevor MartinDouglas
Matyelok GibbsElyse
Georges BousquetRobert
Claudine AcsJane
André OumanskyWalter
Michael MaloneyJames
Dermot CrowleyBarth
Wendy NottinghamTourist
Henry MaratrayTourist
Linda BroughtonTourist
Jean Marc HulotTourist
Aline MowatTourist
Liliane EscozaTourist
Lynsey BeauchampTourist (as Lindsey Beauchamp)
Michel DuboisTourist
Shirley DixonTourist
Patrick LebreTourist
John O’MahonyTourist
Mary MitchellTourist
Edward LyonTourist
Robert FyfeTourist
Abdelaziz MerzougWaiter Casbah
Omar El MallouliBus Driver
El Hassan Ait BablalOld Man in Car
Sfia Ait BenboullahAnwar’s Grandmother
Hammou AghrarDoctor – Vet
Mohamed Ait LahcenSheik
Ali HamadiMoukadem
Lhacen ZninStore Owner
Mustapha AmhitaMohammed
Mohammed Amal El KoussiMohammed’s Friend (as Mohammed Amal El Koussi)
Mohamed Nait AddiMohammed’s Friend
Mohammed El BouamraouiMohammed’s Friend
Rahmoune AbdelhalimMohammed’s Friend
Soukayna Ait BoufakriYamile
Youssef BoukioudPolice at Anwar’s
Khouyael HousseinPolice at Anwar’s
Alex JenningsKen Clifford
Commandant MesbahHelicopter Pilot
Timothy Peter BuxtonUS Army Medic
Mohammed OurjdalUS Army Medic (as Dr. Mohammed Ourjdal)
Aimee MeditzReporter – US News (as Aimée Meditz)
Mohammed BennaniMoroccan Doctor
Boubker Ait El CaidYussef
Said TarchaniAhmed
Mustapha RachidiAbdullah
Driss RoukheAlarid
Wahiba SahmiZohra
Fadmael OualiYasira
Zahra AhkoukJamila
Abdelkader BaraHassan
Ehou MamaHassan’s Wife
Rida TayaAbdullah’s 2-Year-Old Son
Salah MezziMoroccan Police Officer
Mohamed AtklissMoroccan Police Officer
Adriana BarrazaAmelia
Elle FanningDebbie Jones
Nathan GambleMike Jones
Gael García BernalSantiago
Mónica Del CarmenLucia
Rosa ReyesComadre
Robert ‘Bernie’ EsquivelLuis
Damian GarciaLucio
Barbarella PardoAmelia’s Daughter
Úrsula GarcíaAmelia’s Daughter
Cynthia MontañoPatricia
Maripaz LopezPatricia’s Mother
Santiago LizarragaTambora Band
Ismael GregorioTambora Band
Pedro SillasTambora Band
Enrique García ContrerasTambora Band (as Enrique Garcia Contreras)
Fernando Montes AvilaTambora Band
Luis AvilaTambora Band
Eugenio Jara ReynosoTambora Band
Pedro CuotaTambora Band
Romeo Echeverria Jimenez El GitanoMusician
Guadalupe QuinteroWedding Band
Mariano QuinteroWedding Band
Eluterio HigueraWedding Band
Pascual MontañoWedding Band
Efrain GonzalezWedding Band
Claudia Silvia MendozaPatricia’s Grandmother
Norma SamarinPatricia’s Aunt
Polo NuñoJacinto
Jose Campas AgiñagaAmelia’s Grandfather
Miguel Maldonado TinocoAmelia’s Father
Rosa Campos MaldonadoAmelia’s Mother
Emilio EchevarríaEmilio
Clifton Collins Jr.Officer at Border Crossing
Aaron D. SpearsOfficer #2 (as Aaron Spears)
Jamie McBrideBill – Border Patrol
Michael PeñaJohn – Border Patrol
Ivor ShierHelicopter Pilot
R.D. CallFBI Interrogation Officer
Rinko KikuchiChieko Wataya
Kôji YakushoYasujiro Wataya
Yuko MurataMitsu

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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