The theme of the current current Best Video/Temple Beth Sholom film series collaboration is “Complex and Compelling: Fun Movies That Make You Think.” Best Video owner Hank Paper and Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic will take turns presenting and leading discussions of six unique and stirring films that not only make you think but change the way you think.
Each movie starts at 7 PM. Admission cost is $5. Reservations are highly recommended.
The third film in the series is the 2006 ensemble drama “Babel.” Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and written by Guillermo Arriaga, “Babel” stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. “Babel” will be introduced by Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic, who will also moderate the optional post-film discussion.
In his 2006 review critic Roger Ebert wrote:
“Babel” weaves stories from Morocco, America, Mexico and Japan, all connected by the thoughtless act of a child, and demonstrates how each culture works against itself to compound the repercussions. It is the third and most powerful of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s trilogy of films in which the action is connected or influenced in invisible ways. Sometimes these are called ‘hyperlink films.’ After “Amores Perros” (2000) and “21 Grams” (2003), it shows his mastery of the form, and it surprises us by offering human insight rather than obligatory tragedy.
This is the remaining schedule for “Complex and Compelling”:
• Monday, Mar. 10: BABEL
• Monday, Mar. 17: MEMENTO
• Monday, Mar. 24: MULHOLLAND DRIVE