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Biutiful [Blu-ray] (2010)

Javier Bardem , Maricel Álvarez , Alejandro González Iñárritu  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez
  • Directors: Alejandro González Iñárritu
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Roadside Attractions
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2011
  • Run Time: 148 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041KKYFG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,404 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Biutiful [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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• "The Making of Biutiful" documentary
• Theatrical trailer

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Academy Award® nominee Javier Bardem is Uxbal, a man on the wrong side of the law who struggles to provide for his children on the dangerous streets of Barcelona. As fate encircles him, Uxbal learns to accept the realities of life, whether bright, bad — or biutiful — in this unforgettable Academy Award®-nominated film from director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel).

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116 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry of human suffering and redemption. December 14, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
If Mr. Iñárritu went to 3 continents to film the great story of BABEL, his latest film, BIUTIFUL is bringing people from 3 continents to one amazing place; the underworld of Barcelona. I saw this well crafted art film a few days ago in Los Angeles (Mr.Iñárritu and Bradem were present) and wanted to share with you my take on this important, agonizing and remarkable picture. It will take you to places seldom explored by others, it will set in motion untapped feelings, it will make you hate or love it, it will make you talk about it.

Mr. Bardem is masterfully playing Uxbal and with him we slowly and painfully descend into Hades, human misery and his personal hell. The complex character of Uxbal is central for the film and through his journey we meet some of the most unusual characters, places and situations. There is an action/high energy scene of police chasing drug dealers in center of Barcelona, remarkably filmed by the very talented Rodrigo Prieto; it will stay with me for a long time.

Many call BIUTIFUL "a love story between a father and his children", but it is much much more than that. Maybe this line will sell a few extra tickets, but it is more about a extremely dysfunctional modern "accidental" family. The mother, Marambra is superbly played by newcomer Maricel Álvarez, and the children are ever so patient, innocent and understanding.

Kindness, hope, goodwill and humanity is not missing in Biutiful, it is ever-present in the daily dealings of Uxbal who's psyche we enter from the very beautiful and poetic beginning of the film.

See BIUTIFUL with an open heart and mind, let yourself go places you never wanted to go, places you only watch on the evening news.

My tag line for BIUTIFUL: "You don't choose your family. We all belong to somebody, but to belong to Uxbal and Marambra, is both a blessing and a curse."

Adam
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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Alejandro Innaritu has directed 4 movies so far, Biutiful being the latest, and all 4 of them are solid. There is great substance in them all. Every film of his has several complex, interknit storylines, each with detailed narratives, and nuances. Innaritu potrays his astounding skill and capability of interlinking several of these, cumulating into an exhilarating panoramic vision, which is a feast to watch.

Innaritu has always casted great actors for his films, such as Gael Garcia in Babel & Amores Perros, Sean Penn & Benicio Del Toro in 21 Grams and Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett & Rinko Kikuchi in Babel. Here, there has been much praise for Javier Bardem's potrayal of the low-life criminal, trying to make ends meet for his family, and nearing his death very soon, and it is all very well deserved. Javier Bardem is a remarkable actor, portraying his characters with simplicity, yet with layers of complexity.

*Might contain spoilers below*

The most interesting characteristic of his films, is the use of regional languages & characters to a very natural degree. Cheng Tai Shen, playing the role of the Chinese syndicate businessman, uses spanish and chinese with much fluency and ease, which I found remarkable. Just as captivating is the role played by Diaryatou Daff, of an african immigrant woman, who is caught in the disturbance of her husband's involvement in the underground drug racket, and his deportation.

The journey for Uxbal (Bardem) is devastating, and tragic, yet fulfilling in a way, since his transition into the afterlife is shown to be one of serene, his departure from his family implying painful repercussions, nonetheless, which is what the viewer is left to come to terms with, in the end.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting October 9, 2011
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It's all about death and dying. We can't get away from that, nor avoid it.

Most European directors take much longer to develop character in films than American directors. There are scenes in this film that wordlessly drag on, with panning shots that are longer than what American film directors recommend. But there is nothing wrong with that. This just means it takes longer to watch a European movie and this artpiece is no different.

Uxbal (Javier Bardem) plays the middleman for a counterfeit operation in Barcelona. He works for a few crooked Chinese who manipulate Africans and Chinese who come into the country illegally to work for pennies a day. Uxbal takes his share of the money but he also has a soft heart for the people who live in dark, musty cold basements.

His wife is a drug-dependent, bi-polar prostitute who only thinks about the next trick. Her goal in life is to have fun, despite her two children that love her very much. Unfortunately, Uxbal lovers her, too, and this uneven chemistry gleams throughout this movie.

We learn right away there is something wrong with Uxbal. He is in the late stages of prostate cancer, and his life is flashing him by throughout this movie. He lives what time he has left to redeem himself among the people he also took advantage of earlier, realizing there are many victims left behind doing the work that he does.

Shot in and around Barcelona's slums, there's a lot of touching cinematography in this movie. Smoggy city panoramas, gushing ocean waves, whispering cold mountain pines and loud street scenes that want to take over your auditory nerves. Take all that out and you have a more American-style movie with action and romp but less story and plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great sevice
Published 1 day ago by Isabel Allende Isa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Its so real and so sad.
Published 7 days ago by bulupe
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I stopped watching it after 15min
Published 1 month ago by Erik Velazco
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good story of survival under very bad personal conditions
I enjoyed watching this movie because it portraits the reality of a huge part of our population that is ignored.
Published 1 month ago by Chepo
4.0 out of 5 stars Biutiful was beautiful
Javier Bardem doesn't disappoint with this well acted and written movie. I was afraid it might be a little cheesy after watching a trailer for the movie and avoided watching it,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sara
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex, gritty film
This is an excellent film, but you have to be up for it. It's not a mood lifter!

It's a story full of subplots: intriguing and complex, but very raw and often... Read more
Published 2 months ago by BarbZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome acting!!!!
Great movie, would watch again !
Acting was great. I love all movies with Javier Bardem and directing and plot
Published 2 months ago by Jesse
4.0 out of 5 stars Luv! luv! luv it!
If you do not like predictability or if you like suspense, this is the movie for you! I even like that none of the characters look as the title may suggest "beautiful. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. cotton
5.0 out of 5 stars a must
Excellent movie. Javier shows the great actor he is.wonder if the movie is based on a real story. Muy buena
Published 4 months ago by Liam
5.0 out of 5 stars It's haunting, complex, with a hero we can all relate to.
It's haunting, complex, with a hero we can all relate to. Javier Bardem is incredible. And an unusually truthful yet compassionate look at mental illness, poverty and hustling. Read more
Published 4 months ago by alexbaltimore
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