That Alejandro González Iñárritu is a master storyteller is no secret. The Mexican director’s trademark “parallel” storytelling, with his delicate treatment of emotions, nuances and subtleties, is best emphasized by his film, ‘Babel’. Four families, four countries, four different social and racial landscapes and a single incident that will inadvertently connect all of them unknowingly, tearing their lives apart, for better or worse.
A Moroccan herder and his precariously playful sons, a couple holidaying in Morocco to work out their marital differences; a Mexican nanny charged with the responsibility of caretaking the couple’s kids and a disabled Japanese girl’s adolescent insecurities in the absence of a mother — the stories are as remarkably intertwined as the frailties of the protagonists. Yet what binds them together is their resilience to come through, however extreme the circumstances. Greed, despair, sacrifice, loss, salvation, retribution — these are the varied themes explored through the coincidental encounters of each of the characters. With all that said now, here’s the list of best movies similar to ‘Babel’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Babel’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
12. Wild Tales (2014)
As the title suggests, this film is a hard-hitting and brutal conflation of six vignettes in which each character undergoes a seismic transformation. The film utilizes subtle undertones of dark humor, which could be easily missed by most viewers. The tragicomic treatment of the story is an intended thematic element which serves to drill the underlying message of human inadequacy. The movie was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film and the Palme d’Or.
11. Life in a Metro (2007)
Granted that Hindi cinema is exaggerated in its dramatization, but ‘Life in a Metro’ sails fairly past the caricaturist melodrama that we have come to know of. Director Anurag Basu intricately entwines the lives of nine different people, spread across six different stories against the hustle and bustle of the sprawling backdrop of Mumbai. The use of composer Pritam’s soulful and melancholic melodies to intensify the pain, anguish and longing for belonging is one of the highlights of Basu’s repertoire, as witnessed in his later directorial ventures. Catch this if you want to whet your appetite with a tinge of Bollywood melodrama.