I searched “Babel” (title only) here and turned up a thread on how to pronounce the word, a “which movie should I see” thread, a thread about universal translators, a thread about an “Enterprise” episode and 2 threads about the Tower of Babel.
I just saw the movie and so, naturally, I came here to see what others had said about it, but nothing - nada. Kind of surprising considering it is a great movie with an excellent cast, beautiful music, and is nominated for the best picture Oscar. So I’ll start this myself.
I thought the structure worked really well. The way it looped back to Brad Pitt’s phone call was terrific. Each story was so stressful that I was relieved each time it shifted to another story, where the stress only started all over again. The Mexican immigrant story was harrowing, but I wondered about the gun he had tucked in the back of his pants. That never came back up. The Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett portion was extremely moving to me and very well acted by everyone, especially Pitt. But the Japanese deaf mute girl’s story was the most haunting and I expect that final image will stick with me in the days to come.
Anyway, did I miss something? I really wanted to know what the note the Japanese girl gave the police detective said. I was a little let down when it never went back to that. Was it another instance like “what Bill Murray says to Scarlet Johnansen doesn’t really matter”, or was it connected to the circumstances of her mother’s death?