• Biutiful (2011)


Release Date: January 28th, 2011

DVD Release Date: May 31st, 2011

R |2 hr 27 min

Plot Summary

Uxbal (Javier Bardem), a career criminal, plies his trade in Barcelona's underground sweatshops and back alleys. Unlike his associates, he has some respect for the poor workers under his thumb and is a devoted father. Told that he is ill and has just a few months to live, Uxbal tries to get his affairs in order before the spirits, with whom he communes, come to claim him.

Cast: Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez, Eduard Fernández, Diaryatou Daff, Taisheng Chen, Luo Jin, Hanaa Bouchaib, Guillermo Estrella

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Menage Atroz, Ikiru Films, Mod Producciones

Keywords: Wife, 2010s, Transformation, Fall, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The safe course is to recommend the film, which seems pitilessly long at 147 minutes, only for the transcendent quality of Javier Bardem's performance. show more

  • 50
    Mark JenkinsNPR

    However much Uxbal tries to help Barcelona's dispossessed, Biutiful doesn't really have anything to say about the modern world's economic migrants. Indeed, it could even be said that the movie exploits them. show more

  • 90
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    Biutiful has a strong, linear narrative drive. Nevertheless, and most of all, it's a gorgeous, melancholy tone poem about love, fatherhood and guilt. show more

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Nominated Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language
Nominated Film Not in the English Language
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Foreign Language Film