Biutiful Review – Oscar Worthy Gem, a Movie So Good It’s Not for the Desi Schmucks

If we don’t see any other movies this year, we’ll shed no tears.

No, none at all.

For we’ve seen the Spanish language masterpiece Biutiful and our cup of joy overfloweth.

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (of Amores Perros and Babel fame) and featuring the peerless Javier Bardem, Biutiful is a movie that left us awestruck and at the same time distressed over the growing chasm between the extraordinary movies being produced outside India and the shit that masquerades as cinema in India.

Since we don’t expect you schmucks chomping on the dick of a Khan and your tongue sliding up the twat of a two-bit anorexic Bollywood or buxom Kollywood twit to know much, some education about the movie is in order – Biutiful has gathered two Oscar nominations (Best Actor and Best Foreign Language Film) and an embarras de richesse of other prestigious nominations and awards apart from winning Best Actor at Cannes.

Tis no secret that we’ve seen countless movies, Bollywood, Hollywood, Kollywood and foreign, but few actors have impressed us as much as Javier Bardem.

The man is a dynamo, a gushing torrent of talent excelling in any role. The lover in Vicky Cristina, Barcelona, the menacing killer of No Country for Old Men (won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar) and the dying father trying to set his affairs in order in Biutiful, in each of these films Javier Bardem brings a verve, a verisimilitude and a veracity to his role that falsely beguiles us into believing we are not in a dark movie hall but a witness to passing events.

If you think these are hosannas of hysterical praise from yours ‘gin-soaked’ truly, then you’re intellectually incapable of discerning talent and better stick to beating your meat for entertainment rather than wasting $$ on a movie ticket.

Biutiful is testament that a simple story of a father Uxbal (Javier Bardem) stricken with cancer with two young children, separated from his wife and a livelihood as a middleman for all kinds of illegal activities can turn into a masterpiece in the hands of a skilled writer.

Since you quidnuncs have an insatiable appetite for facts, the gripping, moving script is from the collective pens of Alejandro González Iñárritu, Armando Bo and Nicolás Giacobone.

With nary a lapsus calami, the trio work magic.

Biutiful is about a dying father trying to settle things before meeting his maker but it’s also all about a lot of other things. Think of it as a slice of life of a lower-class man working in the criminal shadows in a large Spanish city and all the big city forces impinging on him including the police, money, bribes, family problems, crime, drugs, illegal immigration and the constant struggle for survival.

But to pay homage and genuflect only at the altar of Javier Bardem, the director and the writers would be a gross dereliction. Maricel Álvarez, who plays Uxbal’s bipolar, alcoholic, reckless, hooker/masseuse garrulous wife Marumbara from whom he’s separated is a delight to watch. Her small titties notwithstanding. And you do get to see ’em as God wrought them lemons. 😉

Other lesser characters like the Senegalese actress Diaryatou Daff cast in the role of an illegal immigrant whose husband has been deported, the two young kids, the guys who play the Chinese employers of illegal immigrants all light up the screen to create an extraordinary kaleidoscope of beauty like few you’ve ever seen.

The movie is well photographed, a lot of it in small rooms.

Biutiful is full of touching moments and to highlight just a few would be a disservice but we’ll go ahead and do it any way – Our favorites include the moments when Bardem’s character is confronted by his daughter about his imminent death in the toilet after the shower of red piss pours into the bowl and the tragic minutes in the basement housing the Chinese immigrants.

Biutiful is playing at Ritz 5 on Walnut St in Philadelphia and presumably in other major U.S. cities as well (sadly, not in wide release). The movie has English subtitles. strongly recommends Biutiful.

Now, if you putzheads‘ll excuse us, it’s Friday evening and we intend to get as high as possible. 😉

11 Responses to "Biutiful Review – Oscar Worthy Gem, a Movie So Good It’s Not for the Desi Schmucks"

  1. boopalanj   February 5, 2011 at 5:07 am

    Really sounds interesting and worthy.

    Not sure how to go about this here.

    By the way, have you watched – “Judgment at Nuremberg”? (No, I did not.) Just thought to add it here. Responds:

    1. You write: Really sounds interesting and worthy. Not sure how to go about this here.

    Are you sure you don’t know how to go about it? 😉

    2. We’ll watch it. Seems interesting. BTW, if you want to get an overview of the Nazi era, William Shirer’s book The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich is a good place to start.

  2. racer44   February 5, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Yuddham Sei released this friday.

    And it’s being screened in both New Jersey and Virginia (perhaps in other states on the east coast too).

    DO check it out.

    Very quiet opening for this film with practically zero hype so many movie-goers will be waiting for a few days to see the how the film is being received (both review and word-of-mouth) so don’t pass the buck saying it’s too late. Responds:

    We strongly recommend our U.S. readers to forget all this Suttham Sei, Kuttram Sei, Yuddham Sei et al and watch Biutiful this weekend.

    Biutiful features the peerless Oscar winner Javier Bardem, has been nominated for 2 Oscars and is a must-watch film.

    Biutiful is playing at:

    AMC Loews Shirlington 7 – 2772 South Randolph St., Arlington, VA
    AMC Hoffman Center 22 – 206 Swamp Fox Rd., Alexandria, VA

    Clearview’s Clairidge Cinema – 486 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ
    AMC Clifton Commons 16 – 405 Route 3 East, Clifton, NJ
    Rave Motion Pictures Ritz Center – 900 Haddonfield – Berlin Road, Voorhees, NJ 08043

    Ritz 5 Walnut St, Philly

  3. kd36939   February 6, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    I don’t think it will ever release anywhere in Arkansas. Have to wait till it comes in Netflix 🙁 Responds:

    AR is like the Bihar or Jharkand of America. 😉

  4. rama   February 7, 2011 at 6:56 am

    nice review SI….btw can you watch and post the review of the films mentioned below…would like to hear what u feel abt them

    1. Band baja Baarat
    2. Yavarum Nalam (13B)
    3. Yuddham Sei Responds:


  5. rama dasa   February 8, 2011 at 8:49 am

    if mainstream hindus wernt retarted enough, here comes this forum

    p.s notice that almost all members are patels and appear to be either iskcon or as SI would say “apes in trousers”! I mean what dumb $hit would try to take down the very org. that has litterally saved hinduism’s @$$ from degenerating into something similar to the pagan religions of italy and greece! it appears that ivan the terrible is alive and well (to quote SI)and is also a patel!(the creator of this hatefilled forum who obviously doesnt know he’s cutting off his own feet with his own axe by demeaning other sects) Responds:

    Well, it does take different weirdos to make a world.

    • rama dasa   February 8, 2011 at 11:09 am

      true,hey did you guys see true grit? me and my grandfather saw it and thought it was one of the best movies of the year Responds:

      No. True Grit & Black Swan are on our list.

      The Oscar possibilities we’ve seen are Winter’s Bone, Biutiful, Social Network and King’s Speech.

      • முனிAndy   February 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm Responds:

        We saw the headline this morning but didn’t click it thinking it’d be another crazy girl with lots of time on her hand (and legs).

        BTW, a ‘solid’ plot for the next Telugu film Facebookulu Donga featuring Allu Arjun as the fearless Pradeep Manukonda who scared the bejesus out of Facebookulu billionaire founderlu Markulu Zuckerbergulu. 😉

        Facebookulu Donga soon to be remade in Hindi as Dabaang 3 with Salman Khan & Sonnachi Chinna.

        • rama dasa   February 8, 2011 at 7:53 pm

          facebook is just a P###y version of myspace,for one thing,you cant view others profiles unless your their “friend” unlike myspace,second you cant make background music play while people view your profile,third you cant even make a background wallpaper,unlike myspace,and fourth,these bozo’s(facebook) will delete your profile(they did mine) if you dont use your “real” name!


          MySpace is history. Game over.

        • முனிAndy   February 8, 2011 at 8:21 pm

          will it be jeyam ravi, vijay or Karthi in Tamil.


          Anyone but that clown Vishal!

  6. rama dasa   February 8, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    did you guys see this?i had to hold my sides to keep them from splitting!!! Responds:

    What’s funny about it? Junk!

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