Biutiful is a love story between a father and his children. This is the journey of Uxbal, a conflicted man who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, love, spirituality, crime, guilt and mortality amidst the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona. His livelihood is earned out of bounds, his sacrifices for his children know no bounds. Like life itself, this is a circular tale that ends where it begins. As fate encircles him and thresholds are crossed, a dim, redemptive road brightens, illuminating the inheritances bestowed from father to child, and the paternal guiding hand that navigates life's corridors, whether bright, bad - or biutiful.
- Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
- Run Time
- 2 hours 28 minutes
Javier Bardem was Oscar-nominated for his performance and the film got a nod for best foreign-language film, but don't let that fool you; it's a stodgy, self-important slog.Jim Schembri, The Age (Australia), 03.31.2011
The movie's mood might well have proved unendurable were it not for the proud and sympathetic presence of Bardem.Anthony Lane, New Yorker, 01.30.2011
[Bardem] draws from a deep, deep well of love, pain, and who-knows-what-else.Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 02.03.2011
Inarritu has a delicate yet searing sense of intimacy, which cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto captures with hand-held determination.Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, 02.11.2011