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This is a story of a man in free fall. On the road to redemption, darkness lights his way. Connected with the afterlife, uxbal is a tragic hero and father of two who's sensing the danger of death. He struggles with a tainted reality and a fate that works against him in order to forgive, for love.


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 220420693
UPC 012236114000
UPC 14 00012236114000
Format DVD
Release Date 2/12/2013
Rating Rating
Family Life
Editors Note
Note A man tries to reconcile his desire to be good with his lawless ways in this dark drama from Mexican auteur Alejandro González Iñárritu. Uxbal (Javier Bardem) is a man with a bright side and a dark side. Uxbal is a caring father who is strong but affectionate toward his two children, Ana (Hanaa Bouchaib) and Mateo (Guillermo Estrella), and he struggles to maintain a healthy relationship with their mother, Marambra (Maricel Álvarez), despite her problems with alcohol and instability. But Uxbal is also a criminal who oversees a small underground empire alongside fellow crime boss Hai (Taisheng Cheng) and Uxbal's impulsive brother, Tito (Eduard Fernández). Uxbal's dealings range from drugs to construction, but unlike his partners in crime, he tries to treat those around him with dignity even as he trades in human misery. Uxbal's precarious world begins to collapse when he's diagnosed with a serious illness and told he has only a few weeks left to live; he tries to put his affairs in order in the time he has left, but realizes that few around him have any sense of responsibility. BIUTIFUL receives its world premiere at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
Movieline "In the end, what's most deeply affecting about BIUTIFUL is a face -- Bardem's." 12/28/2010
Los Angeles Times "[A]n ethereal yet visceral meditation on living and dying....[Bardem gives] a performance of staggering depth, unquestionably one of the year's best." 12/29/2010
New York Times "[Bardem] combines muscular, charismatic physicality with an almost delicate sensitivity..." 12/28/2010
Wall Street Journal "As for Mr. Bardem, he's ever so much more than a tragic face. He gives this hero tragic grandeur." 12/31/2010
Hollywood Reporter "[I]t's a gorgeous, melancholy tone poem about love, fatherhood and guilt....Some scenes are absolutely wrenching to behold." 12/17/2010
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] riveting, if harrowing piece....Bardem is tremendous here." 02/01/2011
Chicago Sun-Times "Bardem, who received a best actor Oscar nomination for BIUTIFUL, is a vastly human actor....Here he suffers, and is good, and suffers partly simply because he cannot do good things." 01/26/2011
USA Today "Iñárritu is a filmmaker drawn to dark, layered tales. His collaboration with the soulful Bardem is an inspired one." 01/28/2011
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "[F]erocious filmmaking, directed with lyrical austerity and played with conviction." 03/01/2011
Diarytou Daff
Javier Bardem
Eduard Fernandez
Maricel Alvarez
Cast & Crew
Diarytou Daff - Star
Javier Bardem - Star
Eduard Fernandez - Star
Cheng Taishen - Star
Maricel Alvarez - Star
Hanaa Bouchaib - Co-Star
Luo Jin - Co-Star
Ruben Ochandiano - Co-Star
Sophie Evans - Co-Star
Ana Wagener - Co-Star
Violeta Perez - Co-Star
Cheikh Ndiaye - Co-Star
Tomas delEstal - Co-Star
Karra Elejalde - Co-Star
Eduardo Gomez - Co-Star
Rodrigo Prieto - Director of Photography
Ann Ruark - Production Manager/UPM
Alejandro González Iñárritu - Screenwriter
Alejandro González Iñárritu - Story
Martin Hernandez - Sound
Javier Soto - Assistant Director
Lynn Fainchtein - Music Director
Jose Garcia - Sound
Anibel Kerpel - Music Editor
Gustavo Santaolalla - Composer
Manolo Garcia - Hairstylist
Armando Bo - Screenwriter
Nicolas Giacobone - Screenwriter
Guillermo Estrella - Co-Star
George Chibuikwem Chukwuma - Co-Star
Lang Sofia Lin - Co-Star
Yodian Yang - Co-Star
Tuo Lin - Co-Star
Xueheng Chen - Co-Star
Xiaoyan Zhang - Co-Star
Ye Ailie - Co-Star
Xianlin Bao - Co-Star
Nasser Saleh - Co-Star
Angel Luis Arjona - Co-Star
Dolores Echepares - Co-Star
Adelfa Calvo - Co-Star
Manuel Solo - Co-Star
German Almendros - Co-Star
Isaac Alcaide - Co-Star
Nacho Moline - Co-Star
Annabel Totusaus - Co-Star
Ramon Elies - Co-Star
Juan Vicente Sanchez - Co-Star
Felix Cubero - Co-Star
Carmen Peleteiro - Co-Star
Federico Munoz - Co-Star
Leticia Albizuri - Co-Star
Maria Casado - Co-Star
Judith Huertas - Co-Star
Aroa Ortiz - Co-Star
Victoria M. Diaz - Co-Star
Sonia Cruz - Co-Star
Luna Jimenez Colindres - Co-Star
Dunia Montenegro - Co-Star
Rodica Ioana Ungureanu - Co-Star
Carmen LaLata - Co-Star
Alejandro González Iñárritu - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2010
UPC 00012236114000
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 147 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Aspect Ratio
Oscar (2011) Alejandro Gonz?lez I??rritu, Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film of the Year,Javier Bardem, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (2011) Biutiful, Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film
Cannes Film Festival (2010) Javier Bardem, Winner, Best Actor
ReviewSource The Hollywood Reporter
Review Understand that Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Biutiful" has a strong, linear narrative drive. Nevertheless, and most of all, it's a gorgeous, melancholy tone poem about love, fatherhood and guilt. Some scenes are absolutely wrenching to behold. Others hit home with a punch to the solar plexus. Spain -- and Barcelona to be specific -- has beckoned forth the wistful poet in the Mexican-born filmmaker. His response to this summons is a film that, while about death, is teeming with life in all its tangled messiness...Javier Bardem, delivers a knockout performance as a hero whose last days are detailed with Joycean elan, filled with ambiguity, contradictions and lyricism."Biutiful" will require several viewings for the film to yield a complete portrait of its mysterious, flawed hero. Because for all the complexity of his previous films, with fractured, multiple narratives and an array of international characters, this in many ways is Inarritu's most intricate study yet of the human condition.
Reviewer Kirk Honeycutt
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, English, Subtitled, Spanish, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, Digital Audio
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
A.O. Scott, New York Times ...creates a feeling of raw, sprawling intimacy.
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times [It] ultimately gives us a story of hope, and from Bardem, a performance of staggering depth...
Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine Soulful, tragic and made with loving care.

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