Biutiful

Biutiful

DVD - 2011 | Spanish
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Uxbal is a man on the wrong side of the law who struggles to provide for his children on the dangerous streets of Barcelona. As fate encircles him, Uxbal learns to accept the realities of life, whether bright, bad, or biutiful
Publisher: [United States] : Lions Gate Home Entertainment, [2011]
Branch Call Number: DVD Biutiful
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (147 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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JoaBiblio
Jul 05, 2016

Gritty film. Some scenes are difficult to watch.
Regular folks trying to get by being all the time down and out and gasping for air.
Javier Bardem wonderful as always.

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breemu
Apr 24, 2016

Life on the "other" side of the tracks. Prey and predator, each wanting only to survive. And then there's Uxbal, living off the backs of illegal immigrants - the only class lower than his own - but trying to be as fair as he can within the corrupt restraints and austere class systems imposed upon them all, and still make enough money to support his family. Then he learns he is dying, and in his effort to save money for his family he inadvertently causes the death of a number of innocent people working for him - men, women, and children. In a life that is nothing but a series of hard knocks, is there any shred of hope or grace for him and his children... or anyone else..

JCLKatieS Mar 28, 2016

This movie was a bit slow and very depressing but I thought that the acting was very well done. I felt terrible for Uxbal and the people he "tried" to help but realized how close to the truth the film probably was. If you are interested in seeing the darker side of Barcelona then this film would probably interest you.

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LittleNoName
Mar 01, 2016

Subtitles were small & occasionally blended into the background. A little slow with a few unnecessary shots but did an excellent job with displaying the crazy emotional rollercoaster that bipolar people deal with. Don't see much of the children but they were very good in their roles, could read their emotions just by looking at their faces, a hard task for child actors/actress'. Overall, it was a good movie.

a5a22406 Feb 09, 2015

This movie shows the grittier side of life in Barcelona, Spain as the country sinks into a serious recession and the resulting unemployment, social fabric breakdown, drug use, immigrants from north and west Africa trying to find a place in society, human trafficking from China to work making knockoffs and low wages in construction where Spanish and international mobs make the profits This is not the travel brochure Spain that we are accustomed to. Javier Bardem's performance, to borrow another reviewer's line, is searing. Powerful movie.

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Nursebob
Dec 30, 2014

When a smalltime hustler discovers he only has a few months to live his life takes on an added sense of urgency. Uxbal is a good man at heart who loves his two children and tries to do right by his mentally ill ex-wife. Although he is deeply involved in human smuggling he goes to great lengths to ensure the people he deals with, mostly mainland Chinese and north Africans, are treated as fairly as possible. But as his health fails and death becomes more imminent he tries to make peace with the world including the souls of the newly departed whose pitiful sobbing and grimacing faces he can sometimes sense. This visually gorgeous film is enhanced by an almost subliminal soundtrack of blowing winds and pulsing beats. From a gentle forest blanketed in snow to a hellishly throbbing discotheque, from a grimy sweatshop to a quiet churchyard, Inarritu weaves multiple character’s into a gritty ultra-contemporary meditation on death and life replete with images of both life-affirming solidity and fragile mortality. Delicate, muscular and surreal in turn, Biutiful is sure to be one of this year’s cinematic gems.

powrnima Jun 01, 2014

This is not your typical Hollywood movie; In fact none of Inarritu's movies are your run-of-the-mill Hollywood! A realistically portrayed movie, with several themes on human condition, circumstance, the interplay of exploitation and empathy; in short its a tear-jerking, heart-rending movie!

Please, it is also an adult movie!

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beckythecat1
Mar 07, 2014

very difficult story to follow. many small stories in the big story. the Spanish is really Catalonian and the subtitles are badly done.
not appropriate for under 16 years.

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GLNovak
Jan 25, 2014

Javier Bardem did a fantastic job in this film, but be warned, the film is definitely not a romp in the park. Very dark, very gritty view of life on the edge in Barcelona's cramped underworld. Here we meet crooked cops, human traffikers, scam artists, illegal immigrants, shady businessmen, all trying to make a go of their lives. In this mix we meet two children who provide the counterpoint bit of hope that Bardem's character clings to in the midst of his own tragedy. Be prepared for some very quiet Spanish dialogue, sometimes hard to read subtitles, and jarring loud music every once in a while - oh yes, and some disturbing sights. Enjoy is not a word to describe this film, but it certainly will impress and leave you with deep thoughts.

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0cho
Dec 11, 2013

Well written and acted. Can be a bit slow at times but keep at it. This is a good but very sad movie. A very real movie about life for the less fortunate, it will not leave you feeling warm and fuzzy all over.

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jimg2000
Oct 18, 2015

Uxbal: When I was Ana's age...my mum died. I scarcely remember her. My dad died without me ever meeting him. That won't happen with my kids.
Bea: Tell them. Tell them everything. We know the dead'll never be in peace if they're in debt to the living.
Uxbal: Why is this happening to me? Is it punishment?
Bea: You can give up and let go... or hang on like stupid people do. It's a long, strenuous journey, Uxbal. Death is not the end, you know that.
I won't die, Bea.
Uxbal: No. No.
Bea: Yes, you will die.
Uxbal: I see it and there's nothing I can do.
Bea: Put your life in order, Uxbal. That's all that matters.

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jimg2000
Oct 18, 2015

Anna: Daddy, how do you spell "beautiful"?
Uxbal: Like it sounds.
Ana: With an i?
Uxbal: Biutiful.
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The day I met your dad at a party he said...that I had the most beautiful nose he had ever seen. And obviously I believed him. Then he took my hand to read my future. He said that I'd get married to a completely hopeless man...but that I'd be truly loved. Who knows how many birds he'd used that on, but it worked with me. He said that if I let go of his hand
it wouldn't come true. And straightaway, before I knew ...
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Uxbal: I'm afraid to leave the kids in the lurch.
Bea: Do you believe that it's you who looks after the children? Don't be naive, The Universe looks after them.
Uxbal: Yes, but the universe doesn't pay the rent.

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Monolith
Dec 15, 2012

Uxbal: "Look in my eyes. Look at my face. Remember me, please. Don't forget me, Ana. Don't forget me, my love, please."

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beckythecat1
Mar 07, 2014

beckythecat1 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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