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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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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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4 February 2011 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

£156,029 (UK) (28 January 2011)

Gross:

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

First film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu that isn't written by Guillermo Arriaga. 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

Uxbal: [to Marambra] My love, what you see over there aren't stars. It's your nervous system.
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Referenced in Johnny Danger (2014) See more »

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Meditacion #9
Performed by Sebastián Escofet (as Sebastian Escofet)
Written by Sebastián Escofet (as Sebastian Escofet)
Licensed by Asterisco.org Records
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One of the BEST PIX for 2010
28 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I must say... I watched this movie twice. At first brush... I couldn't quite get past the pain and heaviness of the film... and at second screening, I really got to enjoy the (biutiful) visual metaphors that the director wanted to paint for us. It is indeed grim... and human. Like life, and perhaps a reflection of these days, not everything ends up happily ever after... we all are surviving each day in our own ways. This slice of family life, in a small quarter of Barcelona, is not glossed over and prettied up like most Hollywood films that we've slowly grown to despise (I know I don't speak for everyone). This is not the film that you go to to escape from reality... it's reality facing right back at you. It paints a perspective on the lives of those living on the frayed edges of our society, in every part of the world. For me, I think it is a pity that none of the Big Six picked it up for wider distribution. And that's the sad note for today's American cinema.


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