Every once in a while, a film will knock you off your feet. Hit you in the gut with a powerful story that just doesn’t leave you. The genre doesn’t matter, nor does the subject matter – what does matter is that the story, the directing and the acting work in concert like a well-polished symphony.
“Biutiful” is one of those sock-knockers.
Uxbal has a complexity rarely found in movie characters. He earns his living engaging in criminal activities. He risks the wrath of his associates by advocating for the rights of indentured illegals. He consoles bereaved families by communicating with the recently departed on their behalf. He is a strict and devoted single father. He is dying.
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