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Aroview: A bold, virtuoso three-peat for the writer-director team behind AMORES PERROS and 21 GRAMS, grafting a biblical parable of ill communication onto the despairing lives of four families across three continents with galvanizing results.
Typified by screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga’s penchant for interlocking triptychs, the film begins with a Moroccon boy using a tourist bus as rifle practise, injuring an American couple whose children, meanwhile, are being smuggled against permission by their nanny into Mexico. Further afield in Tokyo, a detached father struggles to connect with his promiscious deaf-mute daughter in the film’s most emotionally devastating story. Dir. Innaritu displays considerable skill by weaving vastly disparate threads into a pertinent, surging ‘God’s view’ of global dischord, even if the pathos does sometimes feel a little forced. Unlike the similar but inferior CRASH, though, this does not patronize with an ignorant ‘black and white’ perspective on the human race.
Average rating (Very Good). Showing 1-3 of 4 member reviews.
3 stars (Good Enough) Interlocking stories of a Moroccan family, a couple of American tourists, a mute Japanese schoolgirl, and a Mexican maid & her two American charges. One bullet brings it altogether. Culturally diverse, with universal human emotion. ~GenXGirl
4 stars (Very Good) The individual stories are fantasic, but the structure muddles the experience. It probably would have been better in a series of short films. ~Wizzums
5 stars (Exceptional) Exceptional performances which transcend national stereotypes. This film achieves more for inter-national understanding through the irony of interlocking tragedies than most political summits or treaties. ~Donkey May Sing
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