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Biutiful (2010)

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This is the story of Uxbal, a man living in this world, but able to see his death, which guides his every move.


(as Alejandro González Iñárritu)


(screenplay) (as Alejandro González Iñárritu), (based on a story by) (as Alejandro González Iñárritu) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 45 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hanaa Bouchaib ...
Guillermo Estrella ...
Cheikh Ndiaye ...
Diaryatou Daff ...
Taishen Cheng ...
Hai (as Taisheng Cheng)
Jin Luo ...
George Chibuikwem Chukwuma ...
Lang Sofia Lin ...
Yodian Yang ...
Chino Obeso
Tuo Lin ...
Barman Bar Hai
Xueheng Chen ...
Chino Bodega
Xiaoyan Zhang ...


Uxbal, single father of two children, finds his life in chaos as he is forced to deal with his life in order to escape the heat of crime in underground Barcelona, to break with the love for the divorced, manic depressive, abusive mother of his children and to regain spiritual insight in his life as he is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Written by anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing images, language, some sexual content, nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 February 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Biutipuli  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£156,029 (UK) (28 January 2011)


$5,100,937 (USA) (3 June 2011)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character of Uxbal came from a question that Alejandro González Iñárritu thinks has to do with what he would do, if he had 75 days left to live. See more »


In the scene with the three dead boys, as people are filing out while Uxbal stands at the door, the foot visible in the coffin nearest the door moves. See more »


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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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.1 (2011) See more »


Ritmo de la noche
Performed by Lorca
Written by Harry Castioni, Alex Joerg Christensen, Bela Lagonda, Jeff Wycombe, Peter Allen, Adrian Anderson
Courtesy of BLOOPER Production
S.A. De C.V.
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Don't waste your 2.5 hours of your time! Just because it's "art" doesn't make it good
28 December 2011 | by (San Diego, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie and story are simply a long, SLOW collection of depressing scenes strung together that have NO deep meaning, and NO profound wisdom.

It is very frustrating to me when the collective "art mentality" raves about such a film being of epic depth, or philosophically/intellectually stimulating. This film meanders aimlessly -- a wallowing journey of despair, misery, and hopelessness. Don't waste 2.5 hours waiting and wanting this film to improve or deliver a worthy denouement. It is absolutely horrible.

I am a patron of the arts, and I believe in "ars gratia artis," however it is ostensibly lemming pretentiousness when people view a canvas on which an artist has vomited and call it "good art." Yes, it may be "art," but just because someone says it's art doesn't make it good. Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder, and such is the case with this film.

Regarding Javier Bardem's "fine" acting in this film: His brooding persona appears the same as in the movie, "No Country For Old Men," sans the dark psychologically twisted murderer ingredient. This role could've been played just as well by a number of different actors. Bardem's swarthy appearance and throaty voice lend more of a grittiness to the role, but come on—he's perfectly typecast; review his filmography. It's not too much of a stretch to see him in this role. In my opinion, "good acting" is when an actor/actress can become the character (and I don't mean method acting) so as to dissociate as much of their own "self" as possible from the performance that the character, such as Marlon Brando in "The Godfather," Anthony Hopkins in "Silence of the Lambs," Tom Hanks in "Forrest Gump," or Al Pacino in "Scarface."

For those supercilious reviewers who applaud this film's exceptional ability to depict the dismal characteristics of the grim and squalid parts of society: exploitation, meager existence, futility, juxtaposed with thinly veiled ephemeral moments of poignancy, I'm appalled to see that so many people rate this film highly in comparison with other films and docudramas which express and portray these elements more effectively. It's not significantly difficult to create a depressing film and to evoke a catharsis with the audience. Seriously, what do you find that is monumentally profound about this movie?

Save yourself 2.5 hours of depression (unless you like that type of torture)of and watch something else.

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