Biutiful – A stunning film of dramatic depth and compassion.

This Spanish-language film by Basque-Mexican director Alejandro González Iñarritu (who previously made the fascinatingly complex personal-social dramas Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel), was nominated for Best Foreign Language film at the 2011 Academy Awards. It stars Javier Barden in a performance that received the Best Actor award at Cannes and was nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards. Like Iñarritu’s other films, Biutiful is a complex tale of interweaving themes of fatherhood, spirituality, crime, mortality and the social-political challenges of the post-modern world. Barden plays the role of Uxbal, a single father in contemporary Barcelona, struggling to raise his two children, while protecting them from their coke-addicted, bi-polar, prostitute mother, and hustling enough income by helping immigrant African drug sellers and immigrant Chinese low-wage factory workers while also dealing with own terminal cancer, which he tries to hide from his children. Barden, who is in every scene of the film, is superb as a decent man confronting his personal mortality in a setting of apocalyptic social collapse. The title Biutiful comes from a spelling lesson he gives his children.

Click here to watch the official trailer.

One Response

  1. Very nice movie indeed, I found it the best movie I have ever seen which deals about death and on how we deal with it. I liked it how the director has been building momentum dealing with all our fears about death, and how it’s then experienced by Uxbal. A must-see.


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