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Biutiful

A film by Alejandro González Iñárritu

Movie review

In this first feature made without screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga, Alejandro González Iñárritu (Amores perros, Babel) breaks away from the formula of his previous movies by going for a straightforward narrative, set entirely in one location, Barcelona, and centred on a single main character. Javier Bardem is staggeringly great as a man haunted by death – that of the departed souls he’s mysteriously able to communicate with, that of the father he never knew and his own imminent death from cancer, which scares the piss out of him because he can’t accept the idea of leaving his young children on their own in this cruel, merciless world. The Mexican filmmaker outdoes himself here, crafting a visually masterful, immensely affecting film full of humanity, urgency and raw emotion.

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