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Friday: ‘Babel’

[IMG:L]Babel — 8/7c on Showtime

Suffering from the post-Oscar blues? Why, Showtime has just the remedy: Babel.

Nominated almost everywhere in last year’s ceremony but winning just once (Best Score), the gut-wrenching downer was simply ahead of its time in 2007.

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Indeed, it would’ve been a perfect alongside this year’s heavy, pitch-black dramas like No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood.

Nonetheless, it airs on Showtime tonight, just ahead of the aforementioned movies DVD releases–a dark prelude, if you will.

An uglied-up Brad Pitt headlines the otherwise largely international cast–even Cate Blanchett, who plays his American wife, isn’t from around here–as an imperiled vacationer.

As director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and writer Guillermo Arriaga’s Babel coalesces, breakout performance after breakout performance is also revealed, namely from foreigners Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuchi, both of whom were nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscars.

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