Biutiful

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Biutiful
Biutiful (2010 movie poster).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAlejandro González Iñárritu
Produced by
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu
  • Jon Kilik
  • Fernando Bovaira
  • Ann Ruark
  • Sandra Hermida
Screenplay by
Story byAlejandro González Iñárritu
Starring
Music byGustavo Santaolalla
CinematographyRodrigo Prieto
Edited byStephen Mirrione
Production
company
Distributed by
Release date
  • 17 May 2010 (2010-05-17) (Cannes)
  • 22 October 2010 (2010-10-22) (Mexico)
  • 3 December 2010 (2010-12-03) (Spain)
Running time
147 minutes[1]
Country
  • Mexico
  • Spain
Language
Budget$35 million[2]
Box office$24.7 million[2]

Biutiful is a 2010 drama film directed, produced and co-written by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Javier Bardem. This film was González Iñárritu's first feature since Babel (2006) and fourth overall, and his first film in his native Spanish language since his debut feature Amores perros (2000).

The film was nominated for 2 Academy Awards in 2011: Best Foreign Language and Best Actor for Javier Bardem; his nomination was the first entirely Spanish-language performance to be nominated for the award. Bardem also received the Best Actor Award at Cannes for his work on the film.

Title[edit]

The title Biutiful is in reference to the phonological spelling in Spanish of the English word beautiful. The entirety of the film is representing the beauty of life through various difficulties, represented by Uxbal's character played by Javier Bardem.

Plot[edit]

Uxbal lives in a shabby apartment in Barcelona with his two young children, Ana and Mateo. He is separated from their mother Marambra, who is a woman suffering from alcoholism and bipolar disorder and works as a prostitute. Having grown up an orphan, Uxbal has no family other than his wealthier brother Tito, who works in the construction business (and sometimes solicits the services of Marambra). Uxbal earns a living by procuring work for illegal immigrants, a group of Chinese who make forged designer goods which a group of African street vendors then sell. He is a psychic medium to the dead and is sometimes paid for passing on messages from the recently deceased at wakes and funerals. When he is diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer leaving him with only a few months to live, his world progressively falls apart.

Uxbal initially begins chemotherapy, but he later ends the treatment at the advice of his friend and alternative healer Bea. She also gives him two black stones which she asks him to give his children before he dies. The group of Africans are brutally arrested by the police, despite Uxbal's regular payment of bribes, because they also deal in drugs. When one of them is deported back to Senegal, Uxbal offers his wife Ige and baby son a room in his apartment. Meanwhile, an attempt at reconciliation with Marambra fails when Uxbal realizes she cannot be trusted to look after their children. As the Chinese are out of work, Tito brokers a deal to get them employed at a construction site. However, almost all of them die in the night from carbon monoxide poisoning, as the cheap gas heaters Uxbal bought in an effort to help were not safe. An attempt by a human trafficker to dump the bodies into the sea fails when they are washed up on the shore shortly after, causing a media sensation.

As Uxbal's health continues to deteriorate, he is plagued with guilt that he is responsible for the expulsion of the Senegalese and the death of the Chinese. With his death drawing nearer, he realizes that there will be nobody to take care of Ana and Mateo once he is gone. He entrusts the remainder of his savings to Ige, asking her to stay with the children after his death. She accepts his request but later decides to use the money to return to Africa. At the railway station she changes her mind, however, and returns to the apartment. Knowing that Ige will now take care of his children, Uxbal lies down next to Ana and, after having passed on to her a diamond ring which his father had once given to his mother, he dies. In a snowy winter landscape he is reunited with his father, who had died before Uxbal's birth shortly after having fled Spain for Mexico during the Franco regime.

Production[edit]

Biutiful is produced in both Spain and Mexico. The film is produced by Menageatroz, Mod Producciones, Focus Features, Television Espanola, Televisió de Catalunya, Ikiru Films, and Cha Cha Cha Films. Individual producers of the film include: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Jon Kilik, Fernando Bovaira, Ann Ruark, and Sandra Hermida. The writers of the film include: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Armando Bó, Jr, and Nicolás Giacobone.

The film's model, Akira Kurosawa's Ikiru, is described as a similar structure and morale in The Guardian's article by Philip French. French writes, "the way a middle-aged Japanese civil servant reacts to the news that he has terminal cancer – and transformed it into a profound statement about the human condition." (2011) https://www.theguardian.com/film/2011/jan/30/biutiful-review-philip-french-bardem

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports an approval rating of 65% based on 147 reviews, with an average rating of 6.4/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Javier Bardem's searing performance helps to elevate Biutiful, as does Alejandro González Iñárritu's craftsmanship, but the film often lapses into contrivance and grimness."[3] On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 58 out of 100, based on 33 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[4]

Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter calls the film, "a gorgeous melancholy tone poem about love, fatherhood and guilt", and describes Bardem’s performance as "...a knockout."[5] Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times wrote, "Bardem gives a performance of staggering depth, unquestionably one of the year’s best."[6]

Some dismissed the story as too bleak; Justin Chang of Variety wrote Iñárritu is "...stuck in a grim rut."[7]

Box office[edit]

Biutiful grossed $5.1 million in North America and $19.6 million overseas for a worldwide total of $24.7 million, against a production budget of $35 million.[2]

Awards[edit]

Cast and crew at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

The film competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. It premiered at Cannes on 17 May 2010,[8] with Bardem winning for Best Actor, an award shared with Elio Germano for La Nostra Vita.[9] On 17 December 2010, the film was named Best Foreign Language Film of 2010 at the 17th Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.[10][11]

On 25 January 2011, the film was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards while Javier Bardem received a nomination for Best Actor.[12] The film was also nominated for the 64th British Academy Film Awards for Best Film Not in the English Language, while Javier Bardem was nominated for Best Actor. Biutiful received eight nominations for the 25th Goya Awards; Best Actor for Javier Bardem, Best Supporting Actor for Eduard Fernández, Best Supporting Actress for Ana Wagener, Best Original Screenplay for Alejandro González Iñárritu, Armando Bó, Jr. and Nicolás Giacobone, Best Cinematography for Rodrigo Prieto, Best Editing for Stephen Mirrione, Best Art Direction for Brigitte Broch and Best Original Score for Gustavo Santaolalla.

The film was also nominated at the 16th Critics' Choice Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the 68th Golden Globe Awards for Best Foreign Film, but lost to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and In a Better World, respectively.

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result
Academy Awards[12] 27 February 2011 Best Actor Javier Bardem Nominated
Best Foreign Language Film Mexico Nominated
British Academy Film Awards[13] 13 February 2011 Best Leading Actor Javier Bardem Nominated
Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
Goya Awards Best Actor Javier Bardem Won
Best Supporting Actor Eduard Fernández Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Ana Wagener Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Alejandro González Iñárritu, Armando Bó, Jr., and Nicolás Giacobone Nominated
Best Cinematography Rodrigo Prieto Nominated
Best Editing Stephen Mirrione Nominated
Best Art Direction Brigitte Broch Nominated
Best Original Score Gustavo Santaolalla Nominated
Denver Film Critics Society 28 January 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
Golden Globe Awards[14] 16 January 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards[15] 28 December 2010 Best Foreign Language Film Won
Utah Film Critics Association Awards 23 December 2010 Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards[16] 20 December 2010 Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Javier Bardem Nominated
Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Alejandro González Iñárritu, Armando Bó, Jr., and Nicolás Giacobone Nominated
Satellite Awards[17] 19 December 2010 Best Actor Javier Bardem Nominated
Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Alejandro González Iñárritu, Armando Bó, Jr., and Nicolás Giacobone Nominated
Houston Film Critics Society Awards 18 December 2010 Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards[10] 17 December 2010 Best Foreign Language Film Won
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards[18] 16 December 2010 Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards[19] 14 December 2010 Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
Critics' Choice Award Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards 13 December 2010 Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
Indiana Film Critics Association 12 December 2010 Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
Washington D. C. Area Film Critics Association Awards[20] 6 December 2010 Best Foreign Language Film Won
Cannes Film Festival 23 May 2010 Best Actor Javier Bardem Won
Palme d'Or Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Biutiful (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Biutiful Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  5. ^ Honeycutt, Kirk (14 October 2010). "Biutiful -- Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  6. ^ Sharkey, Betsy (29 December 2010). "Movie review: 'Biutiful'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  7. ^ Chang, Justin (17 May 2010). "Biutiful". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  8. ^ Leffler, Rebecca (15 April 2010). "Hollywood Reporter: Cannes Lineup". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  9. ^ "Thai film captures Cannes top prize". CBC News. 23 May 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
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  11. ^ Kelly, Christopher (17 December 2010). "Dallas–Fort Worth critics 'like' 'Social Network': DFW critics join the chorus of praise for 'Social Network, ' naming it the year's best". dfw.com. Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
  12. ^ a b "Nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  13. ^ "Past Winners and Nominees - Film". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  14. ^ "Nominations and Winners - 2010". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Archived from the original on 20 September 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  15. ^ "Phoenix Film Critics Name THE KINGS SPEECH Best Film of 2010". Phoenix Film Critics Society. Archived from the original on 30 October 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  16. ^ "Chicago Film Critics Awards - 2008-2010". Chicago Film Critics Association. Archived from the original on 24 February 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  17. ^ "2010 Nominations" (PDF). International Press Academy. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  18. ^ Adams, Ryan (16 December 2010). "The Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards". AwardsDaily. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  19. ^ "2010 Awards". San Diego Film Critics Society. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  20. ^ "The 2010 WAFCA Award Winners". Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association. Retrieved 26 January 2011.

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