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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.

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Cast

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Marambra
Hanaa Bouchaib ...
Ana
Guillermo Estrella ...
Mateo
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Tito
Cheikh Ndiaye ...
Ekweme
Diaryatou Daff ...
Ige
Taishen Cheng ...
Hai
Jin Luo ...
Liwei
George Chibuikwem Chukwuma ...
Samuel
Lang Sofia Lin ...
Li
Yodian Yang ...
Chino Obeso
Tuo Lin ...
Barman Bar Hai
Xueheng Chen ...
Chino Bodega
Xiaoyan Zhang ...
Jung
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Storyline

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

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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)  »

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Biutipuli  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£156,029 (UK) (28 January 2011)

Gross:

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

The song that is heard in Tito's house while Marambra is dancing naked is "Como te extraño, mi amor", written by the Argentine Leo Dan and performed by the Mexican band Café Tacuba. Alejandro González Iñárritu is also from México. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where there are three dead boys lying, the hands of the middle boy changes in between shots. See more »

Quotes

Ana: Dad! How do you spell "beautiful"?
Uxbal: Like that, like it sounds.
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Soundtracks

Poppy Smoke
Performed by Meng Hongmao, Toby Record (as Tobias John Record) & Ashley Witt
Written by Xue Yinxuan (MCSC)
Arranged by Toby Record (as Tobias John Record) & Ashley Witt
Licensed by Crc Jianian Inc.
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great story, great location
10 February 2011 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

"Biutiful" is devastating. Not only isn't it a comfortable and audience-pleasing film but in this case the story's really shocking, well acted and directed and, overall, terribly sad. The film is basically about good and evil, death and life and similar topics. These themes are very effectively expressed in its atmospheric and innovative photography. Iñarritu's camera gets to detect images of fierce and brilliance in the squalor. Javier's face is painted with light and shadows, as well as with a sinister appearance suggesting strong contrition and redemption. Uxbal's efforts to make some generous deeds before his death are rendered in a terrific performance, which manages to elevate the bleak subject to a sublime level. "Biutiful" is a work of extraordinary vitality and humanity, with figures of untarnished quality (Uxbal's children and the Senegalese immigrant who'll raise them after his death). On a personal level Uxbal comes to terms with the close death but eventually shows a vision of reconciliation with the life he must leave behind. Watching the film is a really a must.


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