Monday, May 07, 2007

Babel



Though I agree that Babel doesn't really work as a network narrative, indulges its butterfly-in-tokyo-causes-a-storm-in-morocco cliche, and features at least one plotline that feels contrived and shallow (the deaf-adolescent-girl-has-so-much-grief-that-she-becomes-sexually-loose), I also found the movie to be completely engaging and found myself caring deeply for the characters -- most of all for the mexican nanny who only gives for others, but almost loses everything. The visual style is familiar for Innaritu: too close, too quick, too grainy, too saturated, but it fits the story well and it lays visual beauty over even the most tragic moments.

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