Movie review – The beauty of sacrifice

2011-07-22 14:52

Biutiful has been a long time coming to our shores, but it was worth the wait. Javier Bardem is Spanish film-making royalty and this film, for which he
earned a best actor Oscar nomination, proves why.

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, who is himself no stranger to accolades, Biutiful is an ugly film about a father’s beautiful sacrifice for his family and those around him.

Uxbal (Bardem) scrapes a living by any means necessary in Barcelona’s dirty underworld – paving the way for illegal immigrants, greasing the palms of the authorities for the undocumented and shielding his two children from their substance-addicted, emotionally unstable mother.

This film defies the description “gritty”. It’s a much more pockmarked, grubby look at those living on the margins of society.

The coming of Uxbal’s end means that he has to make provisions for his children, he has to find a way to care for those whom he helps out from beyond the grave and he has to face up to mortality.

Biutiful is not a carefree jaunt, but once you are done watching it you will find that there is a lot of beauty in a story about a man who thrives on sacrifice.

Rating: 7/10

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