Babel is a 2006 international drama film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and written by Guillermo Arriaga, starring an ensemble cast. The multi-narrative drama completes Iñárritu's Death Trilogy, following Amores perros and 21 Grams.
Actress Adriana Barraza, who plays the role of Amelia, is a two-time survivor of minor heart attacks. She nonetheless carried co-actress Elle Fanning around in the hot desert of Southern California during the summer for two days during filming of those particular desert scenes. The whole of the desert scenes were said to have taken five days to shoot.
The film portrays multiple stories taking place in Morocco, Japan, Mexico, and the United States. It was an international co-production among companies based in France, Mexico, and the US. Babel's ultimate $25 million budget came from an array of different sources and investors anchored with Paramount Vantage, which changed its name from Paramount Classics, with Babel as its premiere production and inaugural motion picture.
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. Separated by clashing cultures and sprawling distances, each of these four disparate groups of people are nevertheless hurtling towards a shared destiny of isolation and grief. In the course of just a few days, they will each face the dizzying sensation of becoming profoundly lost—lost in the desert, lost to the world, lost to themselves—as they are pushed to the farthest edges of confusion and fear as well as to the very depths of connection and love.
The film was first screened at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, and was later shown at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Zagreb Film Festival. It opened in selected cities in the United States on 27 October 2006, and went into wide release on 10 November 2006.
The film's original score and songs were composed and produced by Gustavo Santaolalla.The soundtrack album won the Academy Award for Best Original Score and the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music. It was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score (lost to the score of The Painted Veil).
On 15 January 2007, this film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture—Drama. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and two nominations for Best Supporting Actress and won for Best Original Score.
A rifle shot rings out
在文中，ring out是“发出响亮声音”的意思，比如：A shot rang out in the night.（深夜里突然一声枪响。）另外，ring out还有“用考勤钟记录个人下班的时间，打卡下班”的意思，比如：They ring out at 5 p.m. every day.（他们每天下午5点打卡下班。）此外，ring out还有“鸣钟送走；宣布散会”的意思，比如：They are ringing out the old year and ringing in the new year.（他们敲起钟声送走旧岁迎来新年。）
As well as to the very depths of connection and love
在文中，depths是“深处，深渊”的意思，所以the very depths of可理解为“最深处”的意思，比如：The memory hidden in the depths of my mind, occasionally recall is also very happy thing!（记忆藏在我的脑海深处，有时候回忆起来也是很快乐的事?。?/p>
anchor[?æ?k?] vi. 抛锚
detonate[?det?neit] vi. 引爆，爆炸
frantic[?fræntik] adj. 狂乱的，疯狂的
survive[s??vaiv] vi. 幸存；活下来
nanny[?næni] n. 保姆；母山羊
sprawling[?spr?:li?] adj. 蔓生的，不规则地伸展的
isolation[?ais??lei??n] n. 隔离；孤立；[物]绝缘；离析
sensation[sen?sei??n] n. 感觉；轰动；感动