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Biutiful really is Beautiful

Posted on by Janet Awe

Last night, I sobbed my heart out in a darkened room. I stifled my cries with my jumper, wiped my tears on my sleeve and mopped my snotty nose with the greasy napkin that I’d been spitting my olive pips into.

Biutiful, starring Javier Bardem, Hanna Bouchaib & Guillermo Estrella

Javier Bardem, Hanna Bouchaib & Guillermo Estrella

I was at Screen on The Green, in Islington, north London, watching the aptly named film, Biutiful, by Mexican director, Alejandro González Iñárritu. Starring the mesmerising Javier Bardem, the film tells the heart rendering story of a loving and dedicated father trying his best to support his two children, against the gritty backdrop of Spain’s petty criminal, black market.

Hanna Bouchaib and Guillermo Estrella put in great performances as his children. With Maricel Alvarez putting in a sadly realistic portrayal of their messed up mother.

Biutiful, starring Maricel Alvarez as the mother

Maricel Alvarez

The tale is wonderfully written – full of twists and turns the entire way. And whilst bleak in many ways, the film is also truly beautiful. When it ended, I needed to just sit still for a moment and catch my breath. I loved every minute of it.

I almost ended this review just there, totally forgetting to mention that the film is subtitled, as it’s in Spanish. After the first five minutes, you don’t even notice.

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4 Responses to Biutiful really is Beautiful

Sangar says: 28/02/2011 at 2:31 pm

Biutiful is a heart felt film, I was in tears Janet! It’s emotional and moving, capturing the essences of the film perfectly. Javier Bardem portrays his character exceptionally well, slowing revealing his spiritual connection with his father, his commitment to his children and eventually gaining the trust of his friends wife to be the carer of his children. Each pocket of stories conveys his character as man of compassion, which conflicts with survival in this modern world.

beaufighter says: 10/02/2011 at 12:19 pm

Screen on the green is just down the road from me! Ill check this film out. Nice review =)

Rashmi says: 10/02/2011 at 12:13 pm

just read your primal scream review – loved it…
Inspired me to relive my youth
Going to see if we can get tickets..