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Babel, the movie

"That is why it is called Babel, since there Yahweh confused the language of the whole world, and from there Yahweh scattered them all over the world." Genesis 11

We went to Babel tonight. It was good. Better than I was expecting. Less violent than The Departed. It was also extremely clever in its use of time, and the juxtaposition of the three worlds that were linked in so many ways.

I have to admit I was moved.

The music was good too, powerful backup to a powerful series of backdrops, of Morocco, of Mexico, of Japan's central city towers. And the language theme, the Babel, the extraordinary selection of a deaf Japanese girl, of boys with guns who could have been boys anywhere, of needing help and not getting it because you don't speak the language and hell, the help just isn't available when there are politics involved whether you're a tourist in Africa or a Mexican at the border... the towers in Japan, the rocks of Morocco, the cacti of the desert and the power of the border patrols, these towers divided and mastered their people just as they did in the biblical story passed down through generations of believers.

We are divided by power, by desire, by selfishness, by panic and fear and desperation.

Babel had all that. I have to admit I was impressed. Especially with the time. That was clever.

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vivh
Feb. 7th, 2007 11:05 am (UTC)
It sounds interesting, maybe I'll try to go and see it... really interesting themes to explore... what really does separate people? ...what make people united, connected? - I don't think there are simple answers to those questions.
natesmountain
Feb. 7th, 2007 11:17 am (UTC)
-what really does separate people? ...what make people united, connected? - I don't think there are simple answers to those questions.
food for Ian's sermons!

No, they are hard questions. I do think language and custom do separate people, and lead to different expectations and responses. I think that's a shame, but probably nothing we can do about that, the way the different peoples of the world have evolved. I don't really think it's religion. I think that's not it at all.
vivh
Feb. 7th, 2007 11:30 am (UTC)
I do think language and custom do separate people, and lead to different expectations and responses.

Those things certainly play their part in dividing people, but they don't explain divisions within families and neighbourhoods...Fear is a big factor I think, we build walls to protect ourselves, but those very same walls isolate us...
but like I said, I don't think there are any simple solutions, if there were the world wouldn't be in such a mess! - we all need to think and talk about those things!!

natesmountain
Feb. 7th, 2007 11:38 am (UTC)
I wonder how much we fear that people who get close will know us too well?

-if there were the world wouldn't be in such a mess! - we all need to think and talk about those things!!
You're right. More talking but it has to go hand in hand with listening. So many people are willing to talk, talk, talk... they'd talk or write screeds of opinions, judgments, abrasive suggestions, reasoning from their own ideas and ideals... but not listen. I think, in listening, you get more peace, more reconciliation.
greenpizzazz6
Feb. 7th, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)
Hm, I hasn't been planning on seeing this one. It does sound good though, I might have to look into it!
natesmountain
Feb. 7th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
It's not the best film in the world, but it's brimming with imagery and it has - layers. I think it's worth watching, if you're prepared to do the thinking afterwards *g*
greenpizzazz6
Feb. 7th, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
I enjoy movies that make me think. It seems like it's a little more worth the time sometimes.
natesmountain
Feb. 7th, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
-I enjoy movies that make me think. It seems like it's a little more worth the time sometimes.
Oh, absolutely... Babel was something like 144 minutes, so it deserves some afterthought ;) And I never like going out to the movies much but if it's a good one, I feel better about the time spent sitting in the dark.

And we had free tickets *g*
greenpizzazz6
Feb. 7th, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
And we had free tickets
Always a plus!
natesmountain
Feb. 8th, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)
I'll say. It's quite expensive these days, to go to the movies. Some families seem to do it all the time, but for us to go, it'd cost nearly fifty dollars as a family. And we get the movie channel, so we can mostly just stay home!

Oh and there's my brother-in-law who buys DVDs! He brought round a movie the other night that was good, with John Travolta giving an impressive performance - A Love Song for Bobby Long. That had some interesting angles too!
greenpizzazz6
Feb. 8th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)
It is expensive! Used to be my friends and I went to movies every week, but not anymore! Now I usually just wait until they come out on DVD and rent!
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