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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hanaa Bouchaib ...
Guillermo Estrella ...
Cheikh Ndiaye ...
Diaryatou Daff ...
Taishen Cheng ...
Hai (as Taisheng Cheng)
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

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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  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$456,930, 28 January 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Alejandro G. Iñárritu wrote the role of Uxbal specifically for Javier Bardem. The director said that when Uxbal first came into his mind, Bardem was the only choice that made sense. See more »


In the scene where there are three dead boys lying, the hands of the middle boy changes in between shots. 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 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.61 (2010) See more »


Como te extraño mi amor
Performed by Café Tacvba
Written by Leo Dan (as Leopoldo Dante Tévez)
Courtesy of Warner Music México, S.A. De C.V.
Publishing Emi Music Publishing
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great story, great location
10 February 2011 | by 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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