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5,565 Ratings


Spain, Mexico, 2010


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.

Our take

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.

Biutiful Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2010 | 2 wins including: Best Actor

Academy Awards

2011 | 2 nominations including: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Critics reviews

Biutiful is built around a magnificent performance by Javier Bardem as a Barcelona low-life coming face to face with his own mortality.
May 21, 2010
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Iñárritu sustains a level of absorbing grandiloquence. A brutal chase sequence between the Barcelona police and some African street vendors would make John Frankenheimer slap himself in envy.
May 17, 2010
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