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Title:
Biutiful
Author:
González Iñárritu, Alejandro, screenwriter, author, director, producer.
Edition:
Widescreen.
Publication Information:
[Mexico City] : Menage Atroz ; Santa Monica, CA : Distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment, [2011]

©2011
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 147 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
"Biutiful" takes place in grimy and crowded parts of Barcelona that are a world away from that city's tourist attractions. Uxbal is a midlevel mobster, in charge of Chinese sweatshop workers making counterfeit watches and bags, and the African vendors who sell them. He collects and dispenses money, and runs interference with the cops. He also has two young children, a mentally unstable former wife, and a terminal illness. He is trying, despite his job, to be a good man, a good father. He tries to be stoical, tough, and compassionate, but he suffers because he cannot do good things, and he cares about the consequences of his actions.
General Note:
Based on a story by Alejandro González Iñárritu.

Originally released as a Mexican-Spanish motion picture in 2010.

Special features: Behind "Biutiful": Director's flip notes [featurette] (22 min.); Biutiful crew [featurette] (4 min.); Interviews [featurette] (8 min.); Theatrical trailer (2 min.); Also from Lionsgate [previews] (10 min.).
Language:
Spanish
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: Rated R for disturbing images, language, some sexual content, nudity and drug use.
UPC:
012236114000
Format :
DVD

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A man tries to reconcile his desire to be good with his lawless ways in this dark drama from Mexican auteur Alejandro González Iñárritu. Uxbal (Javier Bardem) is a man with a bright side and a dark side. Uxbal is a caring father who is strong but affectionate toward his two children, Ana (Hanaa Bouchaib) and Mateo (Guillermo Estrella), and he struggles to maintain a healthy relationship with their mother, Marambra (Maricel Álvarez), despite her problems with alcohol and instability. But Uxbal is also a criminal who oversees a small underground empire alongside fellow crime boss Hai (Taisheng Cheng) and Uxbal's impulsive brother, Tito (Eduard Fernández). Uxbal's dealings range from drugs to construction, but unlike his partners in crime, he tries to treat those around him with dignity even as he trades in human misery. Uxbal's precarious world begins to collapse when he's diagnosed with a serious illness and told he has only a few weeks left to live; he tries to put his affairs in order in the time he has left, but realizes that few around him have any sense of responsibility. Biutiful receives its world premiere at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi