The 2010 drama “Biutiful” from Focus Features was directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu with the screenplay written by Armando Bo and Nicolás Giacobone. Starring: Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib, Guillermo Estrella, Eduard Fernández, Cheikh Ndiaye, Diaryatou Daff, Cheng Tai Shen, Luo Jin, George Chibuikwem Chukwuma, Lang Sofia Lin, Yodian Yang, Tuo Lin, Xueheng Chen and Xiaoyan Zhang.
There are two sides of every modern city such as Barcelona; the side the tourists see from their travel brochures and with the help of tour guides and the side that is known mostly by those who are born and have lived their lives there But even for those who have been residents of the city all their lives, like Uxbal (Javier Bardem), the city has a mysterious and dangerous side that is as strange as another world.
Uxbal and many other make their existence inside this unpredictable and unforgiving space, but it is a reality that he does not want his children to become victims of and he is dedicated to this goal. It is beyond the common bond of fathers around the world of simply wanting a better life than his own, it is for their very lives that fears. The underworld is all around them every day waiting to take their innocence like a crafty pickpocket in the crowded marketplace.
Every day he faces the wanton violence that accompanies fast money and every night he goes home to his treasures, the children that he lives and breathes for. Every day he searches for a way to crave an escape route out this world before it’s too late and it claims his own life. He’s in a race against time and a battle to remain sane in the face of everyday insanity that he cannot understand or prevent.
The money that he makes is good, but it’s inconsistent and the risks are not just imprisonment but the loss of the family that he holds close to his heart. He has witnessed how his life has changed and how everyone around him has accepted that this is the way life is, because they have so little control over what happens in their lives and are the mercy of the ruthless few who control their world as well as the world that the tourists see unaware of how close they are to becoming part of his world. Every night he wonders how long he will survive.