Saturday, January 27, 2007


You don't raise heroes; you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes, even if it's just in your own eyes - Walter Schirra Sr.

It was a sunny Saturday. The ray of lights that formed the silver lining across my room was just a smokescreen for a fool mind to believe that it was warm outside. The temperature was averaging about 5 degrees celcius and the chill of the wind caught my breath as I stepped outside. My destination was Cornerhouse in the city center of Nottingham, every second was counted as I could hardly resist the temptation to watch a promising movie which has been awarded for few awards during the Cannes Film Festival in France. BABEL, the movie on my mind.

My mind, mixed thoughts of happiness and sadness, and imagining myself as a shadow in the movie, took me to Japan, Morocco, San Diego, and Mexico in the same vein of real-life drama and tragedy. It took no surprise for the achievements of the movie recently as I watched with deep attention for almost three hours. It is not an ordinary movie, it is the most unique movie I ever seen that touches the insightful aspect of our lives, of the most appreciated gifts that human beings could ever get; children.

I shall say no more.
I doubt this movie will be approved by the board of censorship in my country Malaysia, thus I recommend those who would like to open their eyes about the real world find by any means to watch it; the blindness of the oppressor, the trap of confusions that surrounds the innocence, the importance of why God has created various nationalities in this world, and the most important thing the gifts that most of us fail to see the reasons behind them; as Walter Schirra Sr quoted above.

Carpe diem, and let your mind does the watching; the brilliant performance by Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael Garcia Bernal, Koji Yakusho, Adriana Barraza, and Rinko Kikuchi.

Kudos to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, wishful wishes upon your children.

BABEL - in the remote sands of the Moroccan desert, a rifle shot rings out - detonating a chain of events that will link an American tourist couple’s frantic struggle to survive, two Moroccan boys involved in an accidental crime, a nanny illegally crossing into Mexico with two American children and a Japanese teen rebel whose father is sought by the police in Tokyo.

1 comment:

*cosmic freak* said...

I bought a pirated copy. was disappointed. will find a better copy and watch it later. I know its a good movie. the pirated copy was bought 3 months ago, before it even won any awards.