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Biutiful (2010)

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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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(as Alejandro González Iñárritu)

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(screenplay) (as Alejandro González Iñárritu), (based on a story by) (as Alejandro González Iñárritu) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 45 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Uxbal
... Marambra
Hanaa Bouchaib ... Ana
Guillermo Estrella ... Mateo
... Tito
Cheikh Ndiaye ... Ekweme
Diaryatou Daff ... Ige
Taishen Cheng ... Hai (as Taisheng Cheng)
... 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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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for disturbing images, language, some sexual content, nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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4 February 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Biutipuli  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$456,930, 28 January 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,101,237

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,147,786
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Javier Bardem's Best Actor Oscar nominated performance was the only one in the category not in a Best Picture nominee that year. See more »

Goofs

In the scene with the three dead boys, as people are filing out while Uxbal stands at the door, the foot visible in the coffin nearest the door moves. See more »

Quotes

Marambra: At least I laugh and I like seeing people's teeth, if I'm happy because I'm happy, if I'm depressed because I'm depressed, I love you, I love you I said.
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Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.61 (2010) See more »

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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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A Film Where Nothing is Beautiful
28 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

In the dirty periphery of Barcelona, Uxbal (Javier Bardem) survives operating as middleman in business with illegal immigrant workers in the Chinese community, selling the slave labor and bribing the police and receiving a percentage of each business. Uxbal has also the ability to communicate with the dead and is the loving single father of the ten year-old Ana (Hanaa Bouchaib) and the little boy Mateo (Guillermo Estrella). Their mother Marambra (Maricel Álvarez) is a bipolar alcoholic prostitute with an unstable and self-destructive behavior.

When Uxbal learns that he is terminal with an advanced prostate cancer and metastasis and has only a couple of months, he saves all the possible money and seeks out a person to raise Ana and Mateo. Uxbal buys the cheapest heaters to use in the warehouse whether the Chinese workers sleep and the equipment leak gas and kill the twenty-five illegal immigrants. When Uxbal meets the African illegal immigrant Ige (Diaryatou Daff), he brings her home and after a few days, he believes he has found the appropriate person to raise his two children.

The first thing that calls the attention in "Beautiful" is the city of Barcelona, totally different from the post cards or the Internet messages of garbage collecting system and looking like a Third World city, with slums, dirtiness and outcast people. The characters are also ugly and only the love and dedication of Uxbal to his beloved children is beautiful.

The unpleasant story is gloomy and shows the reality of illegal African and Chinese immigrant and their poor conditions; the corruption of the police; and how people fight to survive, like Marambra says in a certain moment. Javier Bardem has a great performance in an ambiguous character. However I expected more from "Biutiful" considering the hype around it. Last but not the least, the optimistic believe that Ige has returned to raise Ana and Mateo. But the end is open to interpretations. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Biutiful"


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