What a piece of dreck. What is the rationale for making this pile of feces? An American couple’s child dies, seemingly of SIDS (never explained) so they fly off to Morocco leaving their primary school-age children with their illegal immigrant nanny whose son is getting married in Mexico. Meanwhile at some point in the past a Japanese man goes hunting in Morocco and is so happy with his trip he gives his rifle to the guide, who later sells it to a countryman/goatherder who allows his two young sons to use the rifle to kill jackals. Instead they fire it at a tour bus filled with people of all nationalities and hit the American woman. Guess what? No doctor, no ambulance, no cell phones (on the entire bus.) The tour guide takes the bus to his home town, the woman is treated by a vet,The people in the town are all non-threatening, the tourists feel threatened anyway, the town phone is used to contact America and the embassy which will not aid the injured woman until Morocco admits the shooting was an act of terrorism. Meanwhile the nanny cannot get anyone to help watch the kids so she takes them to Mexico for the wedding. Is anything going to go right?
This goes on and on and on and on and none of it is told in sequence. Of course we get to watch a 10 year old goat herder simulate masturbation after being criticized by his brother for spying on his naked sister who knows she is being watched. Terrific plot advancement. And don’t forget the japanese businessman whose young daughter is so distraught after her mother’s suicide that she removes her undergarments before going to the local hangout with her friends and flashes all the young boys there, then goes to the dentist and tries to seduce him, (plot twist - he is horrified and throws her out.) Did I mention she was a deaf-mute volleyball player?
Can anyone possibly tell me what the point of this mind-numbing exercise was?
The good news? The author of this festering filth was the same guy who wrote 21Grams, which I did not hate as much and “The Three Burials of (some guy named) Estrada” which I was going to watch and will now save the time and money.
Single highlight - great view of Tokyo (?) at night from the balcony of a highrise apartment (where of course the naked daughter is standing when dad gets home from work.) WTF?