A man dying of cancer tries his best to leave the world on his own terms.


Alejandro G. Iñárritu (as Alejandro González Iñárritu)


Alejandro G. Iñárritu (screenplay) (as Alejandro González Iñárritu), Alejandro G. Iñárritu (based on a story by) (as Alejandro González Iñárritu) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 21 wins & 62 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Javier Bardem ... Uxbal
Maricel Álvarez ... Marambra
Hanaa Bouchaib Hanaa Bouchaib ... Ana
Guillermo Estrella Guillermo Estrella ... Mateo
Eduard Fernández ... Tito
Cheikh Ndiaye Cheikh Ndiaye ... Ekweme
Diaryatou Daff Diaryatou Daff ... Ige
Taishen Cheng Taishen Cheng ... Hai (as Taisheng Cheng)
Jin Luo ... Liwei
George Chibuikwem Chukwuma George Chibuikwem Chukwuma ... Samuel
Lang Sofia Lin Lang Sofia Lin ... Li
Yodian Yang Yodian Yang ... Chino Obeso
Tuo Lin Tuo Lin ... Barman Bar Hai
Xueheng Chen Xueheng Chen ... Chino Bodega
Xiaoyan Zhang Xiaoyan Zhang ... Jung


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Did You Know?


According to González Iñárritu the question "What would you do if you only have 75 days left to live?" was the origin of the character of Uxbal. See more »


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


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 ...
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Poppy Smoke
Performed by Meng Hongmao, Toby Record (as Tobias John Record) & Ashley Witt
Written by Xue Yinxuan (MCSC)
Arranged by Toby Record (as Tobias John Record) & Ashley Witt
Licensed by Crc Jianian Inc.
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Ladies and Gentlemen- Hats down, we are in the presence of greatness
18 November 2011 | by nireitanSee all my reviews

So, I found it necessary to write a review for this film. I never wrote reviews to anything and probably will never write again. I saw the score for this movie on IMDb and it was a 7.4, I as well remember when the movie played it did not cause a particular stir beside the Oscar nomination it received. In order to evaluate this film one has to consider the purpose of films and art in general. It is my belief that the best art causes us to feel, to have an emotional experience. So often I went to films, concerts, and art exhibits better or worse and came out of them with an empty feeling. Nothing happened to me. "What did I just pay for" echoes in my mind. I will go further and say that a film that does not cause this emotional response is not art. It may have been created artfully but it is not art. This film is art! It is probably one of the best films that were ever made. It is not perfect but it does not matter. The story, the acting and the directing have the guts of a Shostakovich symphony. This movie deals with the reality of existence. With real death and not the generic Hollywood version of it. It deals with the love for your children and trying to protect them as much as one can from a monstrous world. It as well found a way to show the mystery and mystic of existing in times we so often take it for granted. There are a handful of movies that even dare to deal with these ideas and none that I recall are as successful. IMDb reviewers can give it a 7.4 or a 2.4 but this film will eventually find its place as a monumental artistic achievement in the history of movie making.

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Release Date:

4 February 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Biutiful See more »

Filming Locations:

Catalonia, Spain See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$457,206, 30 January 2011

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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