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Biutiful (2010)

 -  Drama  -  22 October 2010 (Mexico)
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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 overview, first billed only:
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Marambra
Hanaa Bouchaib ...
Ana
Guillermo Estrella ...
Mateo
Eduard Fernández ...
Tito
Cheikh Ndiaye ...
Ekweme
Diaryatou Daff ...
Ige
Taisheng Chen ...
Hai (as Taishen Cheng)
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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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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22 October 2010 (Mexico)  »

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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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The audible heartbeats in the scene where Uxbal hugs his daughter were achieved on set with microphones stuck to the actors' skin while they hugged. See more »

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

Quotes

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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Let the Music Play
Performed by Barry White
Written by Barry White
Courtesy of Universal Music Mexico S.A. De C.V.
Publishing Warner Chappell Music Mexico S.A. De C.V.
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The Ugly Beauty of Life
27 October 2010 | by (Old London, New England) – See all my reviews

"Biutiful" is a sublime and intense epic - and possibly the best film of the year by a long way. Even though the setting is very different, the film shares themes with "American Beauty", and it succeeds in creating something close to a modern myth. It tells the story of Uxbal, who is a tough but loving single father of two young children, separated from his self-destructive bi-polar wife, Marambra. He scrapes a living in the backstreet black economy of Barcelona, where he operates as a middleman for those who exploit illegal immigrant labor. In addition to his dubious worldly talents, Uxbal possesses the psychic gift to convey messages from the recently deceased to their grieving relatives - and sometimes he compromises his principles by accepting payment for this service. Uxbal's discordant way of life reflects the essential human condition - trapped between the spiritual and material worlds - and when he learns that he is terminally ill with cancer, it seems as if his body must be manifesting his inner conflict. After his doctor informs him of his imminent death, Uxbal begins searching for a trustworthy person to raise his two children after he dies - and "Biutiful" tells of his struggle to put his affairs in order and accomplish this apparently impossible task while dark forces throw obstacles in his path. Those who have seen Inarritu's previous film "Amores Perros" will find themselves in familiar territory as Uxbal weaves his way through a labyrinth of mean streets and desperate people battling for survival. On the surface there is only the selfishness and brutality of a dog-eat-dog world, alleviated by brief moments of tenderness and self-sacrifice - but hidden amongst the chaos, one can perceive the age-old journey of the immortal hero towards liberation.


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