• 2010
  • Spain / Mexico
  • 15
  • Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu
  • Written by: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Armando Bo, Nicolás Giacobone
  • Cast: Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib, Guillermo Estrella, Diaryatou Daff, Cheng Tai Shen, Nasser Saleh
  • Language: Spanish, Chinese, Wolof

Having been diagnosed with terminal cancer, Barcelona underworld hustler Uxbal (Bardem) has just months to put his chaotic life in order and make arrangements for his young children and unstable ex-wife (Alvarez). Sentimental but visually impressive storytelling from writer-director Iñárritu.

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Terminally ill underworld hustler Javier Bardem puts his life in order

(15) 147min A departure for Mexican writer/director Alejandro González Iñárritu, following a trilogy of films (Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel) notable for their achronological, criss-crossing narratives. Save for its mysterious prologue, Biutiful is…

Biutiful - Alejandro González Iñárritu interview

18 Jan 2011

The Mexican filmmaker talks about his new film Biutiful, Spain, Javier Bardem and fatherhood

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