"Therefore is the name of it called Babel because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth." Genesis 11:9
There are filmmakers who make good films, even great films, and then there are filmmakers who take making a movie to a whole new level of artistry, so far above the mean as to be incomparable to anything else. Alejandro González Iñnáritu is such a filmmaker, and with Babel he tells his story with such power and control that by the end of it you are at his cinematic mercy, utterly exhausted and spent, and yet fulfilled on a soul level in a way that is almost indescribable. Babel represents the final third of the trilogy that Iñnáritu began with Amores Perros and 21 Grams. With each film Iñnáritu has grown as a filmmaker, and Babel represents his most difficult and complex undertaking to date. Iñnáritu himself said when he introduced the film at Telluride for its North American premiere, that he was profoundly personally affected by the filming of Babel, which took place over the course of a year in Tunisia, Morocco, Mexico and Japan.