Cate Blanchett as: Susan Jones
Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Selected Cast: Brad Pitt, Gael García Bernal, Adriana Barraza, Rinko Kikuchi, Elle Fanning & Peter Wight
Written by: Guillermo Arriaga
Release Year: 2006
MPAA Rating: R
4 interlocking stories all connected by a single gun all converge at the end and reveal a complex and tragic story of the lives of humanity around the world and how we truly aren’t all that different. In Morocco, a troubled married couple are on vacation trying to work out their differences. Meanwhile, a Moroccan herder buys a rifle for his sons so they can keep the jackals away from his herd. A girl in Japan dealing with rejection, the death of her mother, the emotional distance of her father, her own self-consciousness, and a disability among many other issues, deals with modern life in the enormous metropolis of Tokyo, Japan. Then, on the opposite side of the world the married couple’s Mexican nanny takes the couple’s 2 children with her to her son’s wedding in Mexico, only to come into trouble on the return trip. Combined, it provides a powerful story and an equally powerful looking…
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• Susan Jones: “Richard, why did we come here?”
Richard Jones: “What d’you mean why? I thought you would like it.”
Susan Jones: “Really: Why are we here?”
Richard: “To forget everything. To be alone.”
Susan Jones: “Alone.”
• Richard Jones: “You understand? We gotta call nine-one-one.”
Susan Jones: “Don’t leave me please.”
• Filmed in Japan, Morocco, Mexico and USA (view all.)
• Won Oscar. Another 27 wins & 75 nominations (view all.)
• Cate starred in the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) with Brad Pitt as well.
• Cate also starred in the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) with Elle Fanning.
• Cate also starred in the movie Hot Fuzz (2007) with Peter Wight.
• Brad Pitt gave up one of the starring roles in The Departed (2006) (a film he co-produced) in order to participate in this film, as he’s a longtime fan of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s films.
• Since each story was filmed at different times and on different continents, some of the cast members never met their counterparts until the film’s premiere.
• Only Richard and Susan Jones’s segment was shot on 16 mm film; the rest of the movie was shot on 35 mm. In the scene where the helicopter finally arrives at the village, there is a slight pause as the 35 mm format kicks in.
• Almost all of the film, even the driving scenes, was shot using a hand-held camera.