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Biutiful -- This is the story of Uxbal (Javier Bardem). Devoted father. Tormented lover. Mystified son. Underground businessman. Friend of the disposed. Ghost seeker. Spiritual sensitive. A survivor at the invisible margins in today's Barcelona ... Uxbal's story is simple: just one of the complex realities that we all live in today.
Biutiful -- Clip: Arrest

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20 October 2010 (France) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 41 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Javier Bardem ... Uxbal

Maricel Álvarez ... 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
Ailie Ye ... Padre Hai
Xianlin Bao ... Madre Hai
Ana Wagener ... Bea

Rubén Ochandiano ... Zanc

Karra Elejalde ... Mendoza
Nasser Saleh ... Muchacho
Tomás del Estal ... Hombre de Luto
Ángel Luis Arjona ... Niño Muerto
Dolores Echepares ... Señora Funeral
Adelfa Calvo ... Mujer Grande
Manolo Solo ... Médico (as Manuel Solo)
Violeta Pérez ... Enfermera
Germán Almendros ... Cirujano 1
Isaac Alcayde ... Cirujano 2 (as Isaac Alcaide)
Nacho Moliné ... Cirujano 3
Carmen La Lata ... Vieja
Annabel Totusaus ... Secretaria Fincas
Eduardo Gómez ... Hombre Semidesnudo
Ramón Elies ... Empleado Cementerio 1
Juan Vicente Sánchez ... Empleado Cementerio 2
Félix Cubero ... Burócrata
Carmen Peleteiro ... Mesera (as Mª Carmen Peletero)
Federico Muñoz ... Alcalde
Leticia Albizuri ... Chica Joven 2
Maria Casado ... Presentadora Informativos (as María Casado)
Judith Huertas ... Reportera Informativos
Aroa Ortiz ... Bailarinas Stripper Bar
Victoria M. Díaz ... Bailarinas Stripper Bar
Sonia Cruz ... Bailarinas Stripper Bar
Sophie Evans ... Bailarinas Stripper Bar
Luna Jimémez Colindres ... Bailarinas Stripper Bar
Dunia Montenegro ... Bailarinas Stripper Bar
Rodica Ioana Ungureanu ... Bailarinas Stripper Bar
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Albert Grabuleda Capdevila ... Mosso d'Esquadra Antidisturbio (uncredited)
Alain Hernández ... (uncredited)
Pitu Princess ... Plañidera (uncredited)
Jesus Puchol ... Mosso d'Esquadra (uncredited)
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Directed by
Alejandro González Iñárritu 
 
Writing credits
Alejandro González Iñárritu (screenplay)

Armando Bo  screenplay
Nicolás Giacobone  screenplay

Produced by
Fernando Bovaira .... producer
Alfonso Cuarón .... associate producer
Guillermo del Toro .... associate producer
Alejandro González Iñárritu .... producer
Sandra Hermida .... co-producer
Sandra Hermida .... line producer
Jon Kilik .... producer
David Linde .... executive producer
Ann Ruark .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Gustavo Santaolalla 
 
Cinematography by
Rodrigo Prieto 
 
Film Editing by
Stephen Mirrione 
 
Production Design by
Brigitte Broch 
 
Art Direction by
Marina Pozanco 
Silvia Steinbrecht 
 
Set Decoration by
Lluïsa Ferré  (as Luisa Ferré)
Laura Musso 
Joan Sabaté 
 
Costume Design by
Bina Daigeler 
Paco Delgado 
 
Makeup Department
Arturo Balceiro .... special makeup effects artist (as Arturo Balseiro)
Karin Belghiran .... assistant hair stylist (as Karim Belghiran)
Alessandro Bertolazzi .... makeup department head
Montse Boqueras .... assistant makeup artist (as Montserrat Boqueras)
Clara Domínguez .... assistant hair stylist
Manolo García .... key hair stylist
Duncan Jarman .... special makeup effects artist
Frederique Laine .... special makeup effects artist
Frédéric Lainé .... special makeup effects artist
Sebastian Lochmann .... special make-up effects creator
Sebastian Lochmann .... special makeup effects artist (as Sebastian Lochman)
Jesús Martos .... assistant hair stylist
David Martí .... special makeup effects supervisor
Lola Martínez .... assistant makeup artist
María José Martínez .... assistant makeup artist
Jordi Morera .... special makeup effects artist
Ángela Muñoz .... assistant hair stylist
Rosario Peregrina .... assistant hair stylist
Eva Quilez .... assistant makeup artist (as Eva Quilez)
Montse Ribé .... special makeup effects supervisor
Montse Sanfeliu .... assistant makeup artist (as María Montserrat Sanfeliu)
Floris Schuller .... special makeup effects artist
Anna Álvarez .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Livia Arroyo .... assistant production manager
Nicos Beatty .... assistant manager
Marian Briozzo .... post-production supervisor
Laia Farran .... assistant production manager (as Laia Farràn)
Magda Gargallo .... assistant production manager
Bernat Manzano .... assistant production manager
Ann Ruark .... production manager
Nicolás Tapia .... production manager (as Nico Tapia)
Michael Tinger .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Laia Colom .... third assistant director: segments
Andrés Curbelo .... second assistant director
Filippo Del Bello .... assistant director
Yago Garbizu .... third assistant director
David González .... third assistant director
Olga Pujalte .... second assistant director
F. Javier Soto .... first assistant director
Gerard Verdaguer .... first assistant director: Plaza Cataluña
Mamen Zahonero .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Chan Canelo .... artist/painter
Joseph Diaz .... concept artist
Vinyet Escobar .... props
Alexis Fibla .... set draftsman
Alexis Fibla .... storyboard artist (as Alexis Fiblà)
Héctor Gil .... props master
Joxean Goya .... set dresser
Nuria Krämer .... assistant art director
Ariel Margolis .... props on set
Diana Marzal .... props runner
Carmine Palmentieri .... painter
Sonia Ros .... props buyer
Montse Soler .... property master
Álvaro Soler .... storyboard artist
 
Sound Department
Bob Beemer .... sound re-recording mixer
David Calleja .... mixer assistant
Robert Carr .... mix technician
Álex F. Capilla .... dialogue editor
José Antonio García .... sound
Martín Hernández .... sound designer
Martín Hernández .... supervising sound editor
Iñaki Lupiani .... boom operator
James Moriana .... foley artist
Alejandro Quevedo .... sound designer
Filippo Restelli .... boom operator
Filippo Restelli .... sound mixer: adr
Leslie Shatz .... sound re-recording mixer
Unsun Song .... sound mix recordist
Vanesa Lorena Tate .... first assistant editor
Vanesa Lorena Tate .... sound editor
Jon Taylor .... sound re-recording mixer
Roland N. Thai .... sound effects editor
Brett Voss .... foley mixer
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Arturo Zarate .... supervising dialogue editor
 
Special Effects by
Javier Aliaga .... special effects makeup
Maxime Boquier .... special effects makeup: DDT SFX Crew
Pau Costa .... special effects
Javier Jal .... special effects technician
Duncan Jarman .... special effects makeup
Javier H. Moneo .... special effects technician
Jordi Morera .... special effects makeup: DDT SFX Crew
Raquel Munuera .... special effects makeup: DDT SFX Crew
Pablo Perona Navarro .... special effects makeup
Marcos Sagasta .... special effects technician: DDT sfx
 
Visual Effects by
Sonsoles Aranguren .... digital compositor
Félix Bergés .... visual effects supervisor
Bahar Cetin .... digital compositor
Jaime Burés Cuco .... digital compositor
Aníbal del Busto .... digital compositor
Ñaña González .... digital compositor
Pablo Hernández-Meléndez .... senior cgi artist
Ezequiel Larrú .... digital compositor
Ezequiel Larrú .... digital effects artist
Alberto Luceño .... cgi artist
Inma Nadela .... digital compositor
Guillermo Orbe .... digital compositor
Ramón Ramos .... visual effects artist
Thorsten Rienth .... digital compositor
Rafa Solorzano .... visual effects supervisor (as Rafael Solórzano)
Carlos Trijueque .... digital compositor
Dani Villalba .... visual effects artist
 
Stunts
Roberto Arnaiz .... stunt performer
Belinda Burgos .... stunt performer
Caren Calderón .... stunt performer
Pablo Casillas .... stunt performer
Clemente Chávez .... stunt coordinator (as Clemente Chávez Martínez)
Jaume Coll .... stunt performer
Marian Elshove .... stunt performer
Juan Antonio Gargante .... stunt performer
Melissa Giler .... stunt double: Hanna Bouchaib
Aroa Hafer .... stunt performer
Melania Heredia .... stunt performer
Jorge Huergo .... stunt performer
Jorge Huergo .... stunts
Eugenio Jiménez .... stunts
Mario Lozano .... stunt performer
Juan Diego Montoya .... stunt performer (as Juan Montoya)
Vicky Ocaña .... stunt double: Maricel Alvarez
Stanislav Raimjanov .... stunt performer
Dídac Rodríguez .... stunt performer
Francesc Sadurní .... stunt double: Javier Bardem
Roger Salvany .... stunt performer
Amadou Samb .... stunt performer
José Carlos Suárez .... stunt double: Javier Bardem
Eva Tramullas .... stunt performer
Gerard Tramullas .... stunt performer
Daniel Vallecillos .... stunt performer
José Ignacio Álvarez .... stunt coordinator (as Ignacio Álvarez)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Acereto .... additional camera operator: Navarra
Daniel Aranyó .... camera operator
Daniel Aranyó .... cinematographer: second unit
Maite Astiz .... second assistant camera "b" camera: main unit
Miquel Auguet .... second assistant camera: third unit
Luis Ayala .... electrician
Charly Bujedo .... electrician (as Charlie Bujedo)
Óscar Cano .... first assistant key grip
Albert Carreras .... camera operator
Francesc Carreras .... first assistant camera: second unit
Xavier Carrión .... electrician: retake (as Xavi Carrion)
Sefe Castanyer .... electrician: retake
Arturo Castañeda .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Juan Manuel Castro Prieto .... special photographer
Óscar Faura .... camera operator
Ezequiel Fernández .... electrician
Manel Fernández .... electrician (as Manuel Fernández)
Gina Ferrer .... clapper loader
Jordi Florensa .... first assistant camera: b camera
Javier González Leonardo .... key grip (as Javier González)
Álex González .... clapper loader: second unit (as Alex González)
Charly Guerrero .... electrician (as Carlos Guerrero)
Javier Guerrero .... best boy electric
Joaquim Guitart .... best boy: retake (as Quim Guitart)
José Haro .... still photographer
Guillem Huertas .... additional assistant camera
Sergi Iracheta .... additional assistant camera
Gris Jordana .... additional second assistant camera
Luis Lattanzi .... key second assistant camera
José Ángel Manrique .... grip (additional)
José Ángel Manrique .... key grip
Nacho Martín .... making-of
Laura Martínez .... additional grip
Pablo Montesinos .... video assist
Álvaro Morales .... key grip
Diego Moyano .... best boy pre-light
Norma Nebot .... making-of
Mery Padín .... additional electrician
Albert Pascual .... camera operator
Raúl Peña .... electrician
Pau Reig .... additional assistant camera
José Luis Rodríguez .... gaffer (2009)
Eduard Roigé .... second assistant camera: second unit
Víctor Sarasa .... electrician
José Sánchez .... electrician
José Tamayo Fernández .... electrician
Dani Verge .... gaffer: retake
Susana Vila .... electrician: retake
Andalu Vila-San-Juan .... second assistant camera
Guillermo Vázquez .... film camera technician
Severin Woxholt .... camera operator (as Severine Woxholt)
Miguel Ángel Viñas .... camera intern (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Beatriz Bartolomé .... casting coordinator: Madrid casting
Javier Braier .... casting: Buenos Aires
Leticia Criado .... casting coordinator: Madrid casting
Dany Héricourt .... assistant casting contact: France
Hervé Jakubowicz .... casting contact: France
Mireia Juárez .... casting assistant
Ana Matías .... extras casting (as Anna Matías)
Diana Oliveras .... casting assistant
Marc Robert .... casting contact: France
Carmen Romero .... extras casting
Irene Roqué .... casting assistant
Ana Isabel Velásquez .... casting coordinator
Marta Verdugo Pastor .... casting assistant (as Marta Pastor)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rebeca Comerma .... costume assistant
Fran Cruz .... costume assistant
Ana Cuerda .... additional costume assistant
Sebastià Laporte .... additional wardrobe
Elisabeth Martirena .... aging artist
Edgar Molinos .... tailor
Joaquín Montull .... assistant costume designer
Neus Olivella .... additional costume assistant
Nuria Pascual-Andujar .... costume trainee (as Nuria Pascual)
Nuria Peña .... costume assistant
Karin Quijada .... additional costume assistant
Pepo Ruiz Dorado .... aging artist: short time
Mónica Ballesta .... additional wardrobe (uncredited)
Paula Chiappetta .... additional wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Jade E. Chatham .... assistant editor (as Jade Welsh)
Erika Manoni .... assistant editor
Victor Martos .... color timer
Jorge Ortiz Yus .... colorist: dailies
Miguel P. Gilaberte .... digital intermediate colorist
Marc Panadés .... third assistant editor
Laura Sánchez .... digital intermediate editor (as Laura Sanchez)
Brian Ufberg .... first assistant editor
Marga Villalonga .... digital intermediate coordinator
 
Music Department
Jordi Bonet .... music sound engineer
Javier Casalla .... musician
Albert Clemente .... music sound engineer
Marçal Cruz .... assistant music sound engineer
Lynn Fainchtein .... music supervisor
Alejandro González Iñárritu .... music producer
Alejandro González Iñárritu .... musician
Anibal Kerpel .... music producer
Anibal Kerpel .... musician
Gustavo Santaolalla .... music producer
Gustavo Santaolalla .... musician
 
Transportation Department
Concha Fontenla .... transportation coordinator
Francisco Rojo .... driver: Directors mobilhome
 
Other crew
Pablo Alfaro .... general administration
Priscila Amescua-Mendez .... coordinator: Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu
Diego Arias .... location scout
Sean Barclay .... location scout: Scotland
Mark Beaumont .... financial controller
Josep M. Bendicho .... location scout (as Josep Bendicho)
Luis Botella .... location scout
Eder García Camuera .... production assistant
Núria Casanueva .... script supervisor (as Nuria Casanueva)
Marisa Castelo .... post-production legal services
Almudena Cormenzana .... production coordinator
Simón de Santiago .... general administration
Maureen Duffy .... completion guarantor
Raúl Díaz .... production secretary
Martín Elfman .... location scout
Rosa García Merino .... unit publicist
Anna Garrofé .... teacher
Pau Goñi .... production team
Goyo Gámez .... set production assistant
Mar Henche .... payroll accountant
Daniel Holguín .... coach
Margarita Huguet .... production assistant
Peter Hutchison .... completion bond company representative: Film Finances, Inc.
Laura Jou .... child acting coach
Lluna Juvé .... production assistant
Clara Lago .... production accountant
Nuria Landete .... production assistant
Aleix Lladó .... assistant to director
Jorge Llama .... production staff
Enric Llopis .... post-production accountant
Ruth Martín .... set production assistant
Soledad Martínez .... coach: Maricel Álvarez
Eva Marín .... location scout
Laura Mateos .... production accountant
Tomeu Mestres .... personal assistant: Javier Bardem
Juan Moreno .... production staff
Noemi Oliete .... cashier
Francesc Olivares .... production assistant
Julia Palou .... production staff
Marc Panadés .... production runner
Frank Panisello .... extras coordinator
Nagore Pardo .... location scout
Maria Torrellas Paris .... assistant location manager
Néstor Pellegrini .... production assistant
Marc Pey .... production manager assistant
Joanna Price .... assistant accountant
Juan Reguera .... location manager
Rui Telmo Romão .... location assistant
Sofía Roura .... location scout
Mercedes Selgas .... assistant accountant
Mercedes Selgas .... post-production accountant
Alexander Michael Sharp .... location scout assistant
Rosa Subirà .... production staff
Guillem Vidal-Folch .... production coordinator
Quim Vives .... locations: additional photography
Juanma Garrido .... stand-in (uncredited)
Christina Won .... assistant: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (uncredited
 
Thanks
Ferran Adrià .... the director wishes to thank
Miguel Bosé .... the director wishes to thank
Martina García .... the producers wish to thank
Rodrigo García .... the director wishes to thank
Julia Goytisolo .... thanks (as Júlia Goytisolo)
Jordi Hereu .... thanks
Carlos Jean .... the producers wish to thank
Martirio .... the producers wish to thank
Gaizka Mendieta .... the producers wish to thank
Nacha Pop .... the producers wish to thank
Nubla .... the producers wish to thank
Fabiola Ordoyo .... the producers wish to thank
Radio Futura .... thanks
Mala Rodríguez .... the producers wish to thank (as La Mala Rodríguez)
La Shica .... the producers wish to thank
Kiko Veneno .... the producers wish to thank
 

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Rated R for disturbing images, language, some sexual content, nudity and drug use
Runtime:
148 min
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Certification:
Australia:MA (2011) | Brazil:16 | Canada:14A (British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Denmark:15 | France:U (with warning) | Germany:16 | Ireland:15A | Japan:PG12 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:12 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #46418)
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Trivia:
Alejandro González 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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the scene where there are three dead boys lying, the hands of the middle boy changes in between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Marambra:[weeping] If I close my eyes then the thoughts start. They make me scared. I called you. I called you many times. I can't give the children what they need. I'm so sorry I was cruel to Mateo. I'm doing what I can to survive. I really want to be faithful to you, but I also like to have some fun... like a whore.
Uxbal:Don't say that, Marambra. Forgive me. I've never known what I should give you; I still don't know. Something... I've never known. But we have hurt each other so much.
Marambra:Take me with you on holiday again. At the clinic they have to restrain me...
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The 83rd Annual Academy Awards (2011) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Loco (Tu Forma de Ser)See more »

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82 out of 98 people found the following review useful.
The Ugly Beauty of Life, 27 October 2010
Author: tigerfish50 from Old London, New England

"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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