Biutiful (France, 2010, 148 min.)
Winner of Best Actor at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2011 Oscars, Biutiful
follows several families battling the obstacles of survival in the heart of Barcelona, Spain. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, the film takes an unprecedented look at the limitations of living in the present when death is closely following. Uxabal (Javier Bardhem) is separated from his manic depressed wife, Maramaba (Maricel Álvarez), and must raise their two children, Anna (Hanaa Bouchaib) and Mateo (Guillermo Estrella). To get by, Uxabal works as a middleman between a family of illegal Chinese immigrants who make fake designer purses for illegal African immigrants to sell and for the corrupt Barcelona police. Born with a unique ability to communicate with the dead, Uxabal is provided with insight, knowledge, and tremendous guilt pertaining to the afterlife. Plagued with a terminal diagnosis that may force him to reunite his children with Maramaba, Uxabal must contemplate and plan the time he has left to stabilize his children’s future. A contemporary film, Biutiful
infuses pieces of loving and living with an introspective look at the depth of remembrance in the creation of eternity.