MovieGrande presents – A Larger Than Life Film
Few times in film history have reality and fiction collided as they do in Babel, Alejandro González Iñárritu¹s (“Amores Perros,” “21 Grams”) update of the Biblical myth that claims to be the origin of mankind’s lack of communication.
Shot over the course of a year in three continents and involving a ensemble multi-lingual cast lead by Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Koji Yakusho as well as a high percentage of non-professional actors from Morocco, Mexico and Japan, the film came to mean for all the people involved a physical and psychological journey very close to that portrayed by its characters.
The Heart of the Matter
At the center of Babel is the subject at the core of 21st century life: lack of communication. “On a conventional level (and conventions are sometimes useful to tell stories,) it can be said that Babel is about miscommunication, but for me, at the bottom line, the film is about how vulnerable and fragile we are as human beings and when a link is broken, it’s not the link that is rotten but the chain itself.” By this he doesn´t mean the obvious definition of language barriers.
A Real-Life Casting
To bring to life the array of diverse characters in Babel, Iñárritu knew he would need to assemble …