“Babel,” which recently received a Golden Globe Award for Best Drama, will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, Monday the 22nd, and Tuesday the 23rd, and as a matineé at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21 at the Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca Street.
Directed by Alejandro Iñárritu, this may be the most ambitious movie of the year, tackling towering communication barriers, global politics and cultural divides in a structurally complex and fascinating narrative.
The film, starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, has a variety of story lines, making room for moments of nearly unbearable intensity. True to its title, “Babel” hinges on missed and faulty communications of both the personal and the cultural variety. It's a sweeping movie about characters who often suffer from tunnel vision. The action is set in Morocco, Japan, the United States and Mexico, slowly revealing how each of the tales connects.
This is a serious movie overflowing with memorable acting, unforgettable images, searing tragedy, unexpected humor and an eloquent plea for international understanding.
With a running time of 2:24 minutes, this ambitious and absorbing epic is rated R. It is in English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Berber and Arabic with subtitles. Tickets are $5 general admission and $3 for students and senior citizens. For details, call (315) 781-LIVE or toll-free (866) 355-LIVE. Tickets may also be purchased on-line at www.TheSmith.org.