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“Biutiful” is a 2010 Spanish-Mexican drama film directed by . The film tells the story of Uxbal, a conflicted and compassionate man who struggles to provide for his children and cope with a terminal illness while navigating the criminal underworld of Barcelona.

Synopsis: Uxbal, played by , is a single father living in Barcelona who works as an underground businessman, trafficking illegal immigrants and selling counterfeit goods. He also has the ability to communicate with the dead, a gift he uses to help people find closure. However, when he discovers that he is terminally ill, Uxbal is forced to confront his mortality and the harsh realities of his life.

As he tries to provide for his two young children and deal with the consequences of his actions, Uxbal also faces a spiritual crisis and questions the morality of his choices. Along the way, he forms a deep connection with a woman named Marambra, played by , who is struggling with addiction.


“Biutiful” is a powerful and moving film that explores themes of death, family, and morality. Bardem delivers an outstanding performance as Uxbal, conveying the character's inner turmoil and emotional depth with subtlety and nuance. The film is also visually stunning, with Iñárritu's direction and the cinematography capturing the gritty beauty of Barcelona's streets.

While the film can be bleak and difficult to watch at times, it is ultimately a rewarding and thought-provoking experience. “Biutiful” is a testament to the power of cinema to explore complex and difficult issues with empathy and humanity.


“Biutiful” received critical acclaim and was nominated for numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Bardem was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the film. “Biutiful” won the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for Bardem's performance, and the film was also nominated for the Palme d'Or.

Directed by
Screenplay by Armando BóNicolás Giacobone
Story by
Produced by Alejandro González IñárrituJon KilikFernando BovairaAnn RuarkSandra Hermida
Starring , , , , , , , ,
Cinematography Rodrigo Prieto
Edited by Stephen Mirrione
Music by Gustavo Santaolalla
Televisió de CatalunyaTelevisión EspañolaCha Cha Cha FilmsFocus Features International
Distributed by Videocine (Mexico) United International Pictures (Spain)
Release date 17 May 2010 (Cannes) 22 October 2010 (Mexico) 3 December 2010 (Spain)
Running time 147 minutes
Countries MexicoSpain
Languages Spanish Chinese Wolof
Budget $35 million
Box office $24.7 million

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