Biutiful is a strong and affecting film directed and written by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Javier Bardem. It has been long since a film last induced so deep emotions and left an excellent impression on me. The story, director, and actors – all are 100 percent great.
Biutiful takes place in Barcelona, Spain. The main character, divorced father of two children, Uxbal is played by Javier Bardem. His acting is excellent and outstanding. Uxbal is in the middle of a big mess. He exploits and helps to large number of illegal African and Chinese immigrants. He earns his livelihood with petty criminality. Interestingly, Uxbal also has a psychic gift; he can see spirits of dead people. He makes some cash out of this gift.
His ex-wife Marambra is unreliable, hard-drinking and reckless woman who sleeps with Uxbal’s brother. She seemed psychotic to me. The story would not be this sad without Uxbal’s health condition. He has a prostate cancer. He neglected medical examinations and cancer has been metastasizing. He is left a couple of months to leave.
Uxbal tries to help people and make good deeds during this short time, but unfortunately a little turns out well. He struggles with pool of emotions: guilt, love, and worry for his children. He has nobody to leave Ana and Mateo. Here comes the wife of an African immigrant and her baby. He gives her money for taking care of his children.
Film starts and ends with Uxbal giving his mother’s ring to his daughter. I love Biutiful and I am happy that I watched it. It is a moving, touching, emotional, hard, massive film. You should definitely watch it as you will remember it for a long time.
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