These are only a few words that describe Alejandro Gonzalez Inarraitu's latest cinematic masterpiece,"Biutiful"
"Biutiful" is a love story between a father and his children.This is a journey of Uxbal(Javier Bardem), a conflicted man who struggles to reconcile fatherhood ,spirituality,crime,guilt and mortality admidst the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona.
"Biutiful" is a film filled with raw emotion.
Not only was I invested in this film ...I was immersed into this world.
The underbelly of Barcelona is not only the setting, it is itself a major character in the film.
One feels the electricity,the grit,the almost stifling atomosphere that surrounds this world.It is so real ,by the third act I was emotionally spent.
Bardem's recent Oscar nomination is so well deserved.
His performance is one filled with truth and realism.
Inarraitu has a way of taking the movergoer on a a emotional bumper car ride.
A true testement to his masterful filmmaking.
I had the pleasure of attending a very special screening and Q&A with Inarraitu,where he discussed the various aspects of making this very personal film.
Personal in the sense that there is a outpouring love that went into weaving this tale.
Before filming commenced on his last film ,"Babel" he suffered the loss of one of his children.
He channels that grief in to "Biutiful" that adds to this cathartic journey.
If you are a fan of his previous films "Amores Perros","21 grams" and the aforementioned "Babel"..."Biutiful" continues in the vein of masterful storytelling.