The title refers to the story of the Tower of Babel in the Biblical Book of Genesis. In the story, the people of the world are all united and speak a common language. They begin to build a tower to reach the heavens and become godlike themselves. God, seeing this, decides to confuse the language of the people and destroy the tower. When the people could no longer understand each other they gave up work on the tower and spread out to different parts of the world.
It also refers to the connections -or lack thereof- that come through the use of language. In each storyline the characters struggle with surviving and self-identification based on misunderstanding through a language barrier. This film ultimately looks at the fact that we are all intimately connected on a life-and-death level, yet the trivialities of language and misunderstandings break us apart.
We all have things in common no matter how different we are or were we come from. </li></ul>
Backround 4 interlocking stories all connected by a single gun all converge at the end and reveal a complex and tragic story of the lives of humanity around the world and how we truly aren't all that different. In Morocco, a troubled married couple are on vacation trying to work out their differences. Meanwhile, a Moroccan herder buys a rifle for his sons so they can keep the jackals away from his herd. They accidentally shoot someone. A girl in Japan dealing with rejection, the death of her mother, the emotional distance of her father and her disability. Then, on the opposite side of the world the married couple's Mexican nanny takes the couple's 2 children with her to her son's wedding in Mexico, only to come into trouble on the return trip. Combined, it provides a powerful story and an equally powerful looking
Islamic reference <ul><li>They speak in Arabic – asalamualykum and inshuallah.
Arab old women – she took care of Susan- gave her opium to numb her pain. She prayed for her and was seen using rosary bead. The image that we get from this depiction is that Arabs are not always violent and hateful towards American's.
The morrocan guy who helps out the American couple is shown as selfless and good natured.
Richard (American) goes to the Arab tour guide 'how many wife do you have'
In the end Richard offer the Arab tour guide money for all his help. But he refused to take it. Shows that not all Arabs are greedy and selfish like they are portrayed in cannonball run 2. Arabs are also portrayed as poor. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Filmed portrayed typical image of Arabs; bearded men with the turban around their head, fully veiled women in black. Susan reaches for her husband hand when she the Arabian women.
An American was shot- .Thee director portrays the image that most Arab countries can not take care of its people. this showed by how America was quick to say that it was a terrorist attack
The Arab father hits his sons when he finds out what they have done. (Arab = domestic violence)
The Arab give a gun to his sons to kill the jackal that is eating the goats. </li></ul>
Comment <ul><li>True to its title, Babel hinges on missed and faulty communications of both the personal and the cultural variety.
I was very disturbed by this movie. I felt like I was watching CHILD PORN.—Kim Billings, age 46
The movie provides a powerful story and an equally powerful looking glass into the lives of seemingly random people around the world and it shows just how connected we really are.
All the characters are lovable, with a story you can feel for. But of course, as always, not the Arabs. They were always portrayed as a bunch of dirty, barbaric people with nothing to do but kill. The worst part is that this is NOTHING near what really goes on in our world, kids watching their sister strip? This movie is sickening, and in my opinion, should be banned for the scene relating to pedophilia. Watch Reel Bad Arabs to see for how long Hollywood has been dehumanizing.CreepyLizard 10 months ago </li></ul>