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Biutiful [DVD]

Javier Bardem , Maricel Álvarez , Alejandro González Iñárritu    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib, Guillermo Estrella
  • Directors: Alejandro González Iñárritu
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 16 May 2011
  • Run Time: 147 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004HO59UG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,942 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A heartbreakingly direct performance by Javier Bardem anchors Biutiful, a film from Mexican auteur Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, 21 Grams). Uxbal (Bardem) is not an admirable man: he's a criminal middleman, helping human traffickers and illicit street peddlers in Barcelona. But in the thick of his corrupt and compromised world, Uxbal strives to do some modest good: he demands heaters for the cold basement where illegal Chinese laborers sleep and he carefully scrapes together money for his children, whom he deeply adores. On top of all this, Uxbal can commune with the recently dead, and tries to pass on reassurance to the bereaved. When Uxbal himself is diagnosed with severe cancer, he desperately tries to leave behind something better for his children. This plot summary paints a bleak picture, and there's no question this is--much like Iñárritu's other films, including Amores Perros--an emotionally harrowing experience. But Biutiful is also visually rich and deeply humane, and holds moments of grace that can only be found in sadness and loss. The entire cast brings a fullness of life to all of the characters, no matter how briefly they appear, but Bardem almost never leaves the screen and carries the movie with magnetic force. --Bret Fetzer

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The story of a man in free fall. On the road to redemption, darkness lights his way.

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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inarritu's finest moment 6 April 2011
Undoubtedly Inarritu's finest moment so far. A stunning trawl through the underbelly of a Barcelona that the tourists never see: drug trafficking; illegal immigration; sweatshops; bent cops and a spiritual intensity (bordering on magical belief) that is perhaps uniquely Iberian.

All this is portrayed in the life of Uxbal - at once a middleman for all sorts of illegal activity and a devoted father to two children whose mother is too unreliable to look after them. His imminent death forces him to look at his life and bring some sort of moral order to the chaos of his existence.

I simply can't agree with other reviewer's comments about over-complications and supposedly unnecessary additions. This 140 minutes speeds by as you are swept up in the final days of Uxbal - a less than perfect person trying to make the most of a less than perfect world. (The nightclub scene, for example, emphasises the essentially moral difference between Uxbal and his supposedly more respectable brother. The brother exploits `kids' sexually; Uxbal does everything to protect his kids and also some of the migrant workers he employs.)

Bardem has rightly been hailed for yet another outstanding performance - making us care about a deeply troubled character engaged in highly questionable activities. He brings out the quest for morality and spiritual tranquility that Uxbal attempts to find in his chaotic life.

But ultimately the greatness of the movie rests on the director's unique vision. No-one makes films like Inarritu with their mix of comedy and tragedy, pointless brutality and spiritual sense - life, in other words. I laughed, I winced, I wept - I cared about the characters that he created. I enjoyed the moments of beauty he uncovered in this violent, brutish world we all share.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning and strong piece of work 14 Sep 2011
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Every now and then a film comes along and engages you completely and draws you into its world and Biutiful manages that completely, for me anyway.

Cancer, immigration, spirituality, death, greed, love, relationships, corruption, loyalty...just some of the themes in two hours or so of stunning film-making. Never over-sentimental, not cliche-ridden, the film hits on these issues directly yet sensitively. Heartbreakingly good acting from Javier Bardem (Uxbal) makes the film, his presence throughout a combination of gentle and tortured at the same time.

The film is raw yet sensitive, harsh yet tender....this is without doubt Alejandro González Iñárritu's darkest film to date yet there is hope within it. Wonderful photography and acting, issues dealt with head-on...all in all a terrific film.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Gilly
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This film will remain with me for a long time, outstanding performance from Bardem and I will certainly be looking out for more of films from this director. The ending sent shivers down my spine. Am looking forward to watching this all over again
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By K. Gill
Like Frozen River, I selected this movie after hearing an interview with Javier Bardem on NPR Fresh Air (podcast/US National Public Radio program), following his Oscar nomination for his performance in the film. I am also a fan of Inarritu, his film Amores Perros is one of my favorite. Bardem spoke a lot about what it meant to him to star in a film which featured the other side of the city he grew up in, which people don't realize exists.

Biutiful is consistent with Inarritu's other films which deal with the 'grittier' side of life. Bardem is a single father (separated) dealing with a personal illness while trying to make sure his children are taken care of.

Other people say the film is hard and depressing. Could be. But I think it's real, and attempts to show how/why people make bad decisions, but without justifying those choices.

Bardem is convincing in his performance.

I would watch it again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I hate when critics try to hype movies as most of them are almost puerile mockery of the genre themes they are derived from ,so i went to see Inarritu's 'Biutiful'very reluctantly,but despite a somewhat sluggish start ,Inarritu totally surprised me as this was a director's dream come true in the form of a multiculural ,dark and almost nightmarish account of modern day European and human condition set in the blighted suburbs of a bereft looking Barcelona .

I saw Inarritu's contemporary multicultural drama as a dark ode to current European condition ,but it also dispays a very humane side to European psyche which is an optimistic streak enbedded in it's main character, the script has no black or white characters but just humanity behaving as ordinary beings at large ,set in Spain with a wonderful social comment on current global human condition which i totally got immersed into though i find 'Javier Bardem 'can be harsh to watch on screen but here he shows a very diverse side of his talent , i was touched and moved both emotionally and spiritually and i will you must see this if you like powerful and realistic cinema which is both ingenious and innovative in technique and content .
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this film ,very powerful
Published 5 days ago by lorraine
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 1 month ago by MICHAEL LOWSLEY-WILLIAMS
4.0 out of 5 stars An unusual story which is what I like and usually can only be found in...
An unusual story which is what I like and usually can only be found in foreign films. This is one of those films that you can't work out the ending and is unusual when it happens. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ms. J. Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars The Barcelona's global tragedies
A sensitive approach of Barcelona's tragic underworld. Magnificent directing work which shows as well a deep study of local details. Bardem does such an excellent work.
Published 3 months ago by Jordi Abentin
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong DVD
I was sent the incorrect DVD, so I was not very happy. Therefore,I am unable to give a succint review.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Pamela Y Burdett
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Biutiful
Lives up to its name in terms of storyline and direction, but, as is often the case with Javier Bardem, it is a heart wrencher.
Published 4 months ago by MISS JENNIFER A BRYCE
2.0 out of 5 stars This movie sucks
This movie sucks, nothing biutiful about it. Bardem is a good actor but this is a miserable movie. AVOID at all costs.
Published 5 months ago by PARA
4.0 out of 5 stars "Biutiful" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues On The 'US' Disc...
If I'm honest I found 'Biutiful" way too harrowing and horrible towards children. Having said that Bardem is mesmerising throughout and it was a difficult watch worth the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mark Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Super
Great acting and phenomenal directing. I love the way Inarritu builds films. Never easy to predict. Always surprising. Bardem is amazing.
Published 8 months ago by Catben Catben
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
The soulfulness of Javier Bardem is never more so been expressed than in this movie, a beautifully poignant work that shows another side to Spain, beautifully photographed.
Published 10 months ago by Sally O'Brien
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