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The tragic aftermath of human carelessness travels around the world in this multi-narrative drama from filmmaker [[Performer~P297411~Alejandro González Iñárritu~alejandrogonzáleziñárritu]]. Richard ([[Performer~P56988~Brad Pitt~bradpitt]]) and Susan ([[Performer~P215038~Cate Blanchett~cateblanchett]]) are a couple from the United States who have traveled to Morocco in Northern Africa on a vacation after the death of one of their children has sent Susan into a deep depression. Richard and Susan's other two children have been left in the care of Amelia ([[Performer~P475242~Adriana Barraza~adrianabarraza]]), their housekeeper. Amelia is originally from Mexico, and her oldest son is getting married in Tijuana. Unable to find someone who can watch the kids, or to obtain permission to take the day off, Amelia takes the children with her as she travels across the border for the celebration. Around the same time, in Morocco a poor farmer buys a hunting rifle, and he gives it to his sons to scare off the predatory animals that have been thinning out their goat herd. The boys decide to test the weapon's range by shooting at a bus far away; the shot hits Susan in the shoulder, and soon she's bleeding severely, while police are convinced the attack is the work of terrorists. In Japan, Chieko ([[Performer~P475244~Rinko Kikuchi~rinkokikuchi]]) is a teenage deaf-mute whose mother recently committed suicide. This despairing, confused girl experiences such rage and frustration that she causes her volleyball team to lose a match, and later yanks her underwear off and begins exposing herself to boys in a crowded restaurant. Chieko's father then struggles to reach past the emotional distance which separates him and his daughter. Babel earned [[Performer~P297411~Alejandro González Iñárritu~alejandrogonzáleziñárritu]] the prize for Best Director at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 27, 2006

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Producers Guild of America Jon Kilik Producer of the Year 2006 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jon Kilik Best Picture 2006 Nominee
Costume Guild Awards Miwako Kobayashi Best Costumes in a Contemporary Film 2006 Nominee
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Adriana Barraza Best Supporting Actress 2006 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Adriana Barraza Best Supporting Actress 2006 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Adriana Barraza Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2006 Nominee
Online Film Critics Association Adriana Barraza Best Supporting Actress 2006 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Adriana Barraza Best Supporting Actress 2006 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Adriana Barraza Best Supporting Actress 2006 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Adriana Barraza Best Supporting Actress 2006 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Rodrigo Prieto Best Cinematography 2006 Nominee
Online Film Critics Association Rodrigo Prieto Best Cinematography 2006 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Rodrigo Prieto Best Cinematography 2006 Nominee
American Cinema Editors Guild Stephen Mirrione Best Edited Dramatic Feature 2006 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Stephen Mirrione Best Editing 2006 Nominee
Online Film Critics Association Stephen Mirrione Best Editing 2006 Nominee
Satellite Awards Stephen Mirrione Best Editing 2006 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stephen Mirrione Best Editing 2006 Nominee
Producers Guild of America Steve Golin Producer of the Year 2006 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Steve Golin Best Picture 2006 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Brad Pitt Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2006 Nominee
Satellite Awards Brad Pitt Best Supporting Actor 2006 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Brad Pitt Best Supporting Actor 2006 Nominee
Utah Film Critics Rinko Kikuchi Best Supporting Actress 2006 Winner
Austin Film Critics Rinko Kikuchi Best Supporting Actress 2006 Winner
National Board of Review Rinko Kikuchi Breakthrough Performance by an Actress 2006 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Rinko Kikuchi Best Supporting Actress 2006 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Rinko Kikuchi Best Supporting Actress 2006 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Rinko Kikuchi Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2006 Nominee
Online Film Critics Association Rinko Kikuchi Breakthrough Performer 2006 Nominee
Online Film Critics Association Rinko Kikuchi Best Supporting Actress 2006 Nominee
Satellite Awards Rinko Kikuchi Best Supporting Actress 2006 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Rinko Kikuchi Best Supporting Actress 2006 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Rinko Kikuchi Best Supporting Actress 2006 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Rinko Kikuchi Most Promising Performer 2006 Nominee
Toronto Film Critics Association Rinko Kikuchi Best Supporting Actress 2006 Nominee
Costume Guild Awards Michael Wilkinson Best Costumes in a Contemporary Film 2006 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Alejandro González Iñárritu Best Director 2006 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Alejandro González Iñárritu Best Director 2006 Nominee
Online Film Critics Association Alejandro González Iñárritu Best Original Screenplay 2006 Nominee
Online Film Critics Association Alejandro González Iñárritu Best Director 2006 Nominee
Producers Guild of America Alejandro González Iñárritu Producer of the Year 2006 Nominee
Satellite Awards Alejandro González Iñárritu Best Original Screenplay 2006 Nominee
Satellite Awards Alejandro González Iñárritu Best Director 2006 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Alejandro González Iñárritu Best Director 2006 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alejandro González Iñárritu Best Director 2006 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alejandro González Iñárritu Best Picture 2006 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Alejandro González Iñárritu Best Director 2006 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Jose Antonio Garcia Best Sound 2006 Nominee
Satellite Awards Jose Antonio Garcia Best Sound 2006 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Jon Taylor Best Sound 2006 Nominee
Satellite Awards Jon Taylor Best Sound 2006 Nominee
Art Directors Guild Brigitte Broch Best Art Direction in a Contemporary Film 2006 Nominee
American Cinema Editors Guild Douglas Crise Best Edited Dramatic Feature 2006 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Douglas Crise Best Editing 2006 Nominee
Online Film Critics Association Douglas Crise Best Editing 2006 Nominee
Satellite Awards Douglas Crise Best Editing 2006 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Douglas Crise Best Editing 2006 Nominee
Costume Guild Awards Gabriela Diaque Best Costumes in a Contemporary Film 2006 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Guillermo Arriaga Best Original Screenplay 2006 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Guillermo Arriaga Best Screenplay 2006 Nominee
Online Film Critics Association Guillermo Arriaga Best Original Screenplay 2006 Nominee
Satellite Awards Guillermo Arriaga Best Original Screenplay 2006 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Guillermo Arriaga Best Original Screenplay 2006 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Guillermo Arriaga Best Screenplay 2006 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Guillermo Arriaga Best Original Screenplay 2006 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Guillermo Arriaga Best Original Screenplay 2006 Nominee
Toronto Film Critics Association Guillermo Arriaga Best Screenplay 2006 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Gustavo Santaolalla Best Film Music 2006 Winner
San Diego Film Critics Association Gustavo Santaolalla Best Score 2006 Winner
Satellite Awards Gustavo Santaolalla Best Original Score 2006 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gustavo Santaolalla Best Music Score 2006 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Gustavo Santaolalla Best Original Score 2006 Nominee
Online Film Critics Association Gustavo Santaolalla Best Original Score 2006 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Gustavo Santaolalla Best Score 2006 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Gustavo Santaolalla Best Original Score 2006 Nominee

Cast

Brad Pitt
as Richard
Cate Blanchett
as Susan
Gael García Bernal
as Santiago
Rinko Kikuchi
as Chieko
Adriana Barraza
as Amelia
Koji Yakusho
as Yasujiro
Said Tarchani
as Ahmed
Elle Fanning
as Debbie
Nathan Gamble
as Mike
Mohamed Akhzam
as Anwar
Peter Wight
as Tom
Abdelkader Bara
as Hassan
Mustapha Rachidi
as Abdullah
Driss Roukhe
as Alarid
Clifton Collins, Jr.
as Officer at Border Crossing
Robert Esquivel
as Luis
Michael Peña
as John Border Patrol
Yuko Murata
as Mitsu
Satoshi Nikaido
as Kenji

Crew

Alejandro González Iñárritu
Director
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Producer
Jon Kilik
Producer
Steve Golin
Producer
Guillermo Arriaga
Producer
Guillermo Arriaga
Screenwriter
Rodrigo Prieto
Cinematographer
Gustavo Santaolalla
Composer (Music Score)
Stephen Mirrione
Editor
Douglas Crise
Editor
Brigitte Broch
Production Designer
Ann Ruark
Co-producer
Corinne Golden Weber
Associate Producer
Brigitte Broch
Set Designer
Jose Antonio Garcia
Sound/Sound Designer
Jon Taylor
Sound/Sound Designer
Francine Maisler
Casting
Guillermo Arriaga
From Idea By
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Second Unit Director
Alejandro González Iñárritu
From Idea By
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