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December 25, 2017


[Alejandro G. Iñárritu]
December 25, 2017
great piece of artwork
December 7, 2017
Biutiful is a movie capable of infuse a deep sense of poverty and misery. It also has a particular perk: although Uxbal is a person who lives outside the boundaries of law, he has a deep kind side, but even in the occasions in which he tries to do some good, we remember he's not as good as someone might think.
½ August 1, 2017
Wth Bardem's performance and Inarritu's direction, this grim, painful journey is definitely worth bearing. Biutiful explores the ugliness of the world and finds the center of gravity of a man who has nearly nothing to do but wait for death. He must also try and put his life in order before his death captures him. It is one of the more depressing films I've seen but it is crafted with such grace
½ June 16, 2017
Rather than tell how the movie looks, it's sad how hypocritically these so called critics species are. They let a really worst kind overrated and the vice versa to a brilliant one.
February 11, 2017
I didn't like this movie. Yes, Bardem's performance is outstanding. Yes, direction is awesome, as always. But why does the director need to shot a pessimistic film for the sake of pessimism alone? The life is so bad according to this movie and there's no way one is able to change that. I don't see the point.
½ January 25, 2017
Meh.....não gostei tanta não....muito parado e não me emocionou tanto assim...
Super Reviewer
½ November 24, 2016
This sad and depressing drama wants to rely on an unbearable sense of tragedy that doesn't always feel genuine, but even so it benefits from a strong performance by Bardem, who is able to inject some complexity into his character despite the rather artificial plot.
October 28, 2016
You can't fault Javier Bardem's acting skill or indeed his tenacity as he takes us on a depressing and overly long tour of some of the least salubrious estates around Barcelona. It comes to something that the lighter moments are actually provided by his visits to hospital to check on the progress of his prostate cancer. I can't help feeling that his quality of life would have been improved no end had he just spent a few minutes with a bottle of Harpic and a scouring pad and cleaned up his less than sanitary looking toilet. This film is so grim and bleak as to make Mike Leigh look like an episode of The Simpsons and frankly, I found it tested my will power to sit through it. Bardem's character Uxbal faces hardship, bad luck and tragedy at every step as he struggles single handedly to raise two children. They live in utter squalor and poverty with only a collection of crooks, drug addicts and shady characters for company. I'm all for a bleak movie now and again but this was just so grindingly downbeat that I really felt depressed by it. Worse still, it is far, far too long and I'd easily got the measure of it, and largely lost interest at the halfway point still with well over an hour to go. If you are going to watch this, put all the sharp implements well out of reach.
August 9, 2016
It's heavy and dark but very real and beautiful. It's a must see in my opinion. Bardem is such a great actor and Inarritu is such a great director.
July 12, 2016
This is an incredibly disappointing effort from Inarritu, akin to The Life Aquatic from Wes Anderson and Only God Forgives from Nicolas Winding Refn respectively. As with those films, Biutiful feels listless, unfinished and lacks many of the trademarks that have turned Inarritu into a powerhouse these last few years. Long takes are nearly nonexistent and the majority of the film takes place in minimally lit apartments, robbing Inarritu of any chance to use the cityscape to his advantage. Bardem absolutely kills this performance and earns his Oscar nod here but his work is lost to an intersection of immigration, economics, fatherhood, grief, death, capitalism, relationships and more, which all serve to make this a messy, unfocused film that never really quite settles on an appropriate direction for its star. There is the potential for a powerful story on the underbelly of the European work force and the illegal immigration and exploitation that occurs there but that gets lost in the middle of a cancer/end of life story on Bardem's part which is subsequently lost in Bardem's moral dilemmas, relationship issues and his struggles as a father. Dozens of characters are never fleshed out, eating up screen time but never really delivering anything meaningful to the plot. The brother, Chinese bosses, African sellers and others just never come to fruition as the meanderingly manic plot moves on without them. The movie limps towards the finish, which is really just another weird supernatural tangent that Inarritu fails to connect to the whole. Ultimately however, what really sinks the film is that despite Bardem's best efforts, him, his wife and all of the rest of the characters aren't really likable at all. Biutiful doesn't offer us anyone to connect with and with a confused tone that fails to direct us towards a villain film, I get the sense that Inarritu wanted us to like the flawed Bardem but just couldn't write the lines to make it happen. The results are slow and incredibly sub-par for a director who went on to produce two of the top films of the decade in Birdman and The Revenant. Not worth your two and a half hours.
½ April 24, 2016
Sombre and pretty depressing journey of a man in purgatory. As he tries to juggle his different worlds and responsibilities and set up a life for his kids after he passes. Bardem gives an amazing performance.
April 17, 2016
An occasionally interesting Spanish film, with Bardem putting his heart in every scene, but there's so many threads that takes ages to come to fruition. Definitely too long @ 2.5 hours, but it's basically Uxbal (Bardem) trying to help out migrants, even though it's technically illegal, look after his kids & deal with his estranged wife, manage his cancer prognosis, and also communicate with the dead/moths - how/why are never explained or explored. Drama, indeed! A quasi-happy ending, given the circumstances, but a little too disjointed and meandering to be great.
½ March 4, 2016
There aint too many Spanish films that show this side of their country. Bar one or two Pedro Almodovar films, we only ever see the beauty of spain and the very consistent eye for it by the directors. This film is like an English grit film set in Madrid. The story takes a while to cotton on to but once you've caught up then it's raw and harsh with some excellent performances.
½ March 3, 2016
Inarritu is at the very top of the league when it comes to directing. Biutiful is another proof in many aspects. Once again he goes down into the depths of society and shows us how a disfunctional family in the midst of the "gracious" Barcelona, living obviously in the shadowvalley of the city, with sickness, criminal-income, mental sickness, drugs and the whole charade. Even though Bardem manages to capture us into his soul of goodness, following his daily struggles of putting bread on the table as well the everlasting fight for his own view on whats fair and just. The movie is raw and strong, though rewarding in its capture of the realistic daily struggle out there.
February 27, 2016
It is well acted and has beautiful (see what I did there?) Craftsmanship,but pretty grim and kind of boring
February 8, 2016
One of the best dramas.
December 31, 2015
The most relentlessly sad movie I've ever seen, but it's so gorgeous and Javier Bardem is so convincing and excellent I was just glad I found it.
½ December 19, 2015
This film is not a crowd pleaser by any stretch of the imagination, it's grim, sad, genuinely human and spiritual all at the same time. When I got to the end of the film I was comfortable, and somewhat optimistic. The film handles some deep subjects but does so in such a graceful and authentic manner, it does not feel forced. Definitely give this film a chance it is Alejandro's must underrated but most impactful films.
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