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Biutiful (2010)

R  |   |  Drama  |  4 February 2011 (USA)
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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 45 nominations. See more awards »



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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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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:

£156,029 (UK) (28 January 2011)


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gustavo Santaolalla wrote up until 27 pieces of music, from which only 4 ended up on the final cut. See more »


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


Bea: You can give up, let yourself go... or grit your teeth and hang on like stupid people do.
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.89 (2011) See more »


Ravel: 2. Adagio Assai (Piano Concerto in G)
Performed by Zoltán Kocsis, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (as Iván Fischer)
Written by Maurice Ravel
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Ltd.
Licensed by Universal Music Enterprises
Publishing Universal Music Publishing Mgb
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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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