The Tower - that is Babel
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So it goes, our year end raid into 2006 award-winning movies continue. After being wowed by "The Departed", and last week with "Little Miss Sunshine", this week we saw "Babel".
I'm not going to go through the merits of all three movies, and insignificantly influence the votes of the Oscar judges :) but I'd like to pinpoint the impact and the importance of what these types of movies provide to us.
A movie on trust, of hope and faith and of charity. The first two being obvious when you've seen, "The Departed" and "Little Miss Sunshine", but charity to describe "Babel"?
Yes, understanding, listening, communication, are given for free but somehow some people don't get them that easily. Oftentimes, we are not that charitable in providing understanding and being understood. We get impatient when people don't understand what we are saying, or when they refuse to listen to what we want to tell them.
I remember when we were living in Switzerland. Such a paradise where you don't have to understand the French language to understand that when people stop to look at the majestic lake at sunset, and tell you something in French as you all move on, you know they were telling you how beautiful it was, how grand and how lucky we all are to see it everyday. You just know, even if you don't understand their language. Because you know from their faces and their voice, and their gait that whatever you call it, "soleil" "sol" "sun" or "araw" - that it's beauty is universal.
Things I'm Sure You Knew from Before:
1. Here in Canada, we have labels for anything with description written in both English and in French. I mean anything.
2. Where we are now, you can't possibly be sure that your Indian saleslady doesn't understand Tagalog. Last night, Mitzi and I met someone who lived for 15 years, in Davao City and Paco and speaks Tagalog like any of us, may even be better than some.
3. and the opposite of #2 is that a lot of Filipinos who really look like Filipinos, and for sure lived in the Philippines for sometime don't even want to try and talk in the vernacular. They eat with a spoon and fork, but for some reason - they don't even want to converse in our native tongue. kainis.
Going back to the movies, tous les 3 d'entre eux méritent de gagner, "la Meilleure Image" ok, I meant, all 3 of them deserve to win, "Best Picture".
We're in Canada remember? d'accord?