No 5: Babel
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Year : 2006
This Mexican director knows the art of intersecting lives of people who live otherwise unknownst to each other in such a random n beautiful way, that it blows your mind! He perfects this genre of story telling in his third film Babel with a brilliant star cast after proving his worth in movies like Amores Perres( Spanish; must watch) n the famous 21grams! This film’s sound score by Argentinian music composer Gustavo Santaolalla is the Bible for BG scores! 4 families from 4 different countries , ( LA , Mexico, Morocco, Tokyo) of different races n social structure will get interconnected unknownst to them n their lives will take a dramatic turn as one small incident will create a butterfly effect ( another great movie with the same title ) that will ripple itself tearing their lives apart!
What I love the most about this film is the ‘silence’( Tehrav) the tension between the characters n the strained relationships they have, the choice of arid landscapes that echo the silence within their hearts is so loud that the film inspite of its calm, whips up a storm within you, as you are sitting on the edge of your seat trying to figure, what’s gonna happen next! The scene where the young boy sees the girl changing, the Japanese girl standing naked, waiting for her father, the maid stranded, searching for the kids in the Mexican desert n Blanchette bleeding n crying profusely with no medical aid, as the old women treating her giving her a joint to ease her pain as she resists n relents, are so powerful that u breakdown as you see the movie! ! The characters in the film have reached their breaking point but just cannot bring themselves to saying it, n are holding back as they fear the risk of exposing their vulnerability ... this emotion of vulnerability where strong characters are having a silent melt down inside them n can’t speak it, is just fucking amazing n mirrors life in the most richest, deepest n subtlest ways ! Whatte film! Respect !