Dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu
(2010, R, 147 min)
★ ★ ½

Biutiful is two-and-a-half hours of tragedy porn. It tells the story of Uxbal (Javier Bardem), a father of two young children who is diagnosed with terminal cancer. If that’s not sad enough, the film also provides an ex-wife with bipolar disorder. Not crying yet? You will be after you witness the plight of Chinese and African immigrants living in Barcelona, including a man soon to be deported and forced to abandon his wife and infant child. Your heart will further be wrenched by a back-story about Uxbal’s own father, who fled Franco’s regime in 1966 only to die of pneumonia in Mexico two months later. None of these are significant spoilers; wait ’til you see the stuff I’ve left out.

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