Uxbal, a single father of two children who possesses a paranormal gift, finds his life in chaos when he is diagnosed with terminal cancer. He attempts to escape from the dangerous and seedy underworld of Barcelona he is involved in, and to set things right for his children.
Before Birdman, Alejandro González Iñárritu went to Barcelona for this heartrending drama of inner-city grit mixed with supernatural elements. A reflection on fatherhood and guilt, Javier Bardem’s blistering performance was nominated for an Academy Award and won him the Best Actor prize at Cannes.
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
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.
For me, the film lacks coherence. I like it if things are not clear, but Biutiful leaves us with too many loose ends. It felt a bit like several hiccups, but nothing coherent and what the trailer promised was only touched in the film: the devotion for his kids while dying. Most of the film is set around his tying up his illegal businesses. His kids have a minor role, overall seen. Shame.