A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.
Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.
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
Javier Bardem's part in this film is the first time that a performance entirely in the Spanish Language has been nominated for an Academy Award Best Actor Oscar. 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 »
If I close my eyes then the thoughts start. They make me scared. I called you. I called you many times. I can't give the children what they need. I'm so sorry I was cruel to Mateo. I'm doing what I can to survive. I really want to be faithful to you, but I also like to have some fun... like a whore.
Don't say that, Marambra. Forgive me. I've never known what I should give you; I still don't know. Something... I've never known. But we have hurt each other so much.
Take me with you on ...
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Javier Bardem's haunting performance is the true ''beauty'' of Biutiful.
First of all this wasn't Iñárritu's best movie so far, and frankly if it wasn't for Bardem this movie wouldn't have gotten the recognition and the ''buzz'' it acquired. It's a bleak film, uncompromising, unsentimental, but humane and real, which affirms that idea that redemption is possible for anyone. Every moment is thoughtful and compelling. There's no Hollywood glitz here, no whitewashing or wishful thinking. Despite the dark, depressed subject matter of the movie, it relayed important messages such as love of family, parental responsibilities, and forgiveness. The director had too many ideas but overall Bardem is the one who is carrying the movie on his shoulders and giving the performance of his career.
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