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