This is a story of a man in free fall. On the road to redemption, darkness lights his way. Connected with the afterlife, Uxbal is a tragic hero and father of two. He struggles with a tainted reality and a fate that works against him amidst the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona.
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A horrifyingly heartbreaking story that reminds me just how easy my existence has been. To face the hardships that are reality for others tears me apart. May I always be appreciative of my well being and sympathetic to those I meet that are less fortunate.
A solid, evocative and sad story of a man trying to maintain order within a chaotic and temporary world. It's handled with a mature and assured hand; inky-blue production design, lighting, superb camera work, choreography. Bardem puts in the best performance I've seen from him in years. The kids are wonderful and the tone reminded me often of the seamstress and waste-disposal threads in Gomorra. 4.5 Stars
Inarritu's best film! Amazing! I couldn't get out of my seat for at least 15 min just sat there deflated by this film. Bardem is great but the real revelation is Inarritu's writing. It's notable that I don't like Arriaga's writing keep that in mind
Drenched in heavy drama, sensation and style, I'd never recommend this to a person who is looking for austere understatement and subtlety. It's also unnecessarily long. Inarritu really knows how to jab at the gut though and this film is his strongest example of that. He's exceptional at what he does. His rhythm is impeccable, his use of noise is artful and his crescendos provide the perfect amount of catharsis.
The first 30 minutes were painful to sit through, but after, it gets better, but only as better as a film with this subject matter can get. It is shot in a frentic that shows the ugly side of a world we assume is just perfect and beautiful. The inhumane scenes trigger some emotions, but I feel in the end it's not as transcendental as it aims to be. It circularly reminded me of González Iñárritu's depressive style.