Biutiful (2010)


Biutiful tells the story of a depressed single dad on his way to redemption. On his way, he must contend with his ex-wife, news of disease, and his own supernatural gifts, which seem to be both a blessing and a curse. Kinda like Spider-Man. Only more depressing

Uxbal is a single dad living in Barcelona, and he has certain gifts, which appear to allow him to speak with the dead, although they may do more than just that. He receives news that he has a fatal illness while struggling with his ex, who begs to get back together while secretly sleeping with his brother. He must find a way to make peace and forgive before his time runs out.


The Scoop

Biutfiul is the latest offering from Alejandro González Iñárritu, whose other work includes Babel and 21 Grams, both of which were Oscar bait but somewhat overwrought dramas. He’s credited with writing, directing, and producing Biutiful, which is a Spanish language film, so expect it to be an overwrought drama with subtitles.

Who’s It For?


Movie Release Date

December 29, 2010.

Who’s In It?

Javier Bardem … Uxbal
Maricel Álvarez … Marambra
Hanaa Bouchaib … Maramba
Guillermo Estrella … Mateo
Eduard Fernández … Tito
Cheikh Ndiaye … Ekweme
Diaryatou Daff … Ige
Taisheng Cheng¹ … Hai

Interesting Fact

Not all Spanish men can speak to the dead, but you can usually find one on every block. Also, Javier Bardem just recently married Penelope Cruz, so I now hate him.

Related Movies

21 Grams, Babel

What’s Good About It?

Javier Bardem, outside of his stealing of my future wife, is an outstanding actor, and the trailer makes it look like he’s giving a heck of a performance here. The story looks interesting, although there may be a bit much going on.

What’s Bad About It?

As the film has already been released overseas, reviews are available online, and what I’ve read so far makes it seem like Biutiful is just too much of the melodrama. The ‘bit too much going on’ may end up being spot on. Apparently, many of the various elements in the film are not fully flushed out, so it may be a bit too superficial to make for a true Oscar caliber film.

Our Clever Prediction

Even if the film’s pretty good, without a big Oscar win, which for Biutiful looks to be either Best Picture, Director, or Actor, it won’t have much of a box office. Even with the Oscar it won’t make a ton of money, but it could help bring in a bit more money. Still, last year we had Avatar make a billion and not win, while The Hurt Locker won and didn’t have all that much box office success.

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  1. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is masterful. I saw the film at the 2010 TIFF. It was great to have him attend in person. It was by far the most powerful, personal and spiritual film shown at the festival. Sure to win an Oscar!

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