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three places. four sets of characters. one common factor.


aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhwwwwhohooooooooooorrrrrraaaarrrggghhhhh!!!! ANG GANDA-GANDA NG BABEL. NAKAKALOKA YUNG STORY. RAAAAHHHHHH... PANALOOO ITO!!

moving on.

everything starts with a peaceful plot, a honeymoon, a wedding, a transaction, a game. no one knows that their small acts of love and thanks could make a dramatic change in their lives. suddenly, the other becomes an enemy, a lover, a friend.

the director's style of the time frame is amazing. you think everything is in linear form, meaning, the scenes are done one after the other. the way the director makes his storyboard will piece the story together at the end.

i like cate blanchet more when she's not in elven wear. hehe. she looks more elvish in human. her silence speaks volumes. brad pitt's look was a tired husband, but he would do anything for his wife and children.

i noticed that filipino culture is not very different from mexicans. mexicans love fun and parties. filipinos would get out a bench, a couple of beers, a videoke, and they'll laugh the night away. mexicans would celebrate a wedding with the whole town. filipinos would travel and celebrate in bulk. some mexicans would work as domestic helpers, filipinos are scattered all over the world as super yayos and super yayas.

"they look at us as if we were monsters."

it's more of a wake-up call. everything that goes wrong seems that someone is attacking them directly. one gun shot, it's a terrorist attack. a different race in your car, you're a kidnapper. a girl goes naked, she's seducing you. police knock on the door, they're there to arrest someone.

we have to know that some actions have intentions. and sometimes those intentions don't match the consequences. we always suffer and react from the consequences, not the intentions. that's the sad nature of humans, and we can't do anything about it.

director's notes. POSSIBLE SPOILERS

taken from: cannes film festival website

Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu on the title of the film: "Babel, we think about man building this tower and trying to arrive to the sky and be gods. And then God got angry and he created these different languages. And that's the reason we are talking so many languages all over the world. For me that's not the problem, I think that language can be very easy to break. For me, I think the problem is the ideas and preconceptions that we have that really keep us apart. That's what the film's about. And at the same time, I want this film to be basically about what separates us and what brings us together. I think that's the key element: What makes us the same people living in the world and not what are our differences. Which ones are the similarities and I hope this film communicates that."

Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu on the film's message: "I don't know if it's an x-ray of the world because that's too ambitious, but I tried to show what is going on with us at the moment. We see the “other” as always abstract, so that to be different means to be dangerous and not able to understand the other. This is happening not only country between country, but against fathers, against sons, against husband... We are not able to listen anymore. I want to talk about that, the borders within our souls: our preconceptions of our fathers, the archetypes we have from religions, races, cultures. I tried to make a film that talks about prejudice without being prejudice."

Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu on coincidences in life: "I feel that the connection that I want to make is not a physical or coincidental connection, nor a plot connection. What I try to do in this film, I think as human beings, what makes us happy is very different, depends on cultures or races. What makes us sad and miserable is exactly what we share and that thing is basically the impossibility of love, the impossibility to be touched by love, the impossibility to touch with love and express it. That is one of the most painful things that every human being has experienced, as well as feeling vulnerable to love. I think those two things are the most tragic things that bring us together. This film and the connections to the characters is about that, all of them on different levels, no matter which culture, no matter which country, religion, age, social class... All of these people are at an inability to express themselves, with their husbands, with their wives, with their kids. When you cannot be touched by words, and when you cannot touch people with words, then the body becomes a weapon, an invitation and that is what is tremendous about the story. I feel that you saw a film about human beings and not about Moroccans, Mexicans or Americans."

Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu on the USA: "In this film I don't want good or bad guys. I think what is happening in the world is perpetuated. I try to be subtle in a way, to not be archetypal, and not prejudice. When I think about an Empire, it's not about nations, human beings, others. It's the way they normally try to pretend that everyone is a terrorist, anything can be held against you. I think there is now an obsessive idea, obsessive problem with the United States, showing its power. This is a very stressful moment in history."

watch babel. this movie has to win awards at the oscars. promise. it's a good watch. :)


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