A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.
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 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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