“Babel” is one of the truly most “international” films ever-made and tells of a truly multi-layered and complex story set across several continents and cultures. Babel was directed by auteur Alejandro González Iñárritu with a global cast from all around the world including Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett (Morocco story), Gael Garcia Bernal and Adriana Barraza (US/ Mexico Story) and Rinko Kikochi (Japan Story).
All the interweaving stories are linked by one incident early in the film which sets off repercussions all around the world. Babel presents that we are all interlinked in life; beyond race, religion and culture, a common humanity lies in all of us.
All the characters in the stories are struggling to deal with issues; there are, of course, misunderstandings yet as the story switches from one side of the earth to the other, viewers can see their struggles are ultimately the same and ones which everyone can emphasize with. The soundtrack for the film is simply enchanting and very melancholy. Endless Flight by Gustavo Santaolalla closes the film nicely………..
Endless Flight by Gustavo Santaolalla
Furthermore, Babel is seemingly named after the story from the bible about the Tower of Babel whereby the people of earth in their attempts to literally build a tower to reach heaven and god are punished; their common language is now no more and they literally cannot communicate and go their separate ways around earth yet remaining quintessentially the same as humans; imperfect and flawed.
The ending of the film is very beautifully placed together. In the end, all the different stories from around the world draw to a close; are the conclusions perfect? No, but there is a sense of positivity which lingers in all.