Friday, May 19 - Sunday, May 21, 2017
“BABEL is a brilliant, profound and devastating film that explores the dangers and consequences of what can happen when words fail, communication ceases and all you’ve got left are feelings. BABEL is a masterpiece. This is the third time that director Alejandro González Iñárritu has entered the rundown fray of contemporary ho-hum filmmaking to bring along his own emergency generator. His breakthrough film, Amores Perros (2000), won prizes and caused riots, while his second feature, 21 Grams(2003), became the ensemble-film model for scores of imitators like Crash. BABEL, his most calibrated and grandly conceived epic yet, won several awards this year in Cannes, including the prestigious Best Director prize.
“BABEL is a vast and complex work, told in five separate languages and filmed in four corners of the world, involving a uniformly perfect cast of actors who never appear in the same scenes together but share links in four story lines that require concentration and analysis. The sensational screenplay by Mr. Iñárritu’s longtime collaborator, Guillermo Arriaga, is so honest and suspenseful that I don’t think your mind will ever wander. It is two and a half hours long, but you won’t miss those goddamn cell phones for a second, and at neither of the screenings I attended has one person left the room for so much as a bathroom break. What you must do is let Babel happen right before your eyes. It will wash over you like warm surf and take you hostage.
- Year 2006
- Director Alejandro González Iñárritu