Biutiful is a movie by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel). It stars Javier Bardem as Uxbal, a man attempting to support himself and his two children while dealing with the dilemmas brought upon him by his illicit occupation, his bipolar ex-wife, and the cancer rapidly eating away at his life. The movie has received decent reviews, even being nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Foreign Film and Best Actor for Bardem), though some criticized the overly dark themes present in the movie. note
This movie provides examples of:
- Abusive Mother: Albeit one that's striving to be good.
- Adult Fear: Who will care for the children after Uxbal's death?
- The Atoner: Uxbal tries to be one, and fails.
- Bittersweet Ending: Uxbal succumbs to cancer, but his children are safe with Ige, and he reunites with his father in heaven.
- Crapsack World: The portrayal of Barcelona.
- Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster : No, it really doesn't. Uxbal is heavily involved with lots of different types of criminals, and his life is absolutely terrible.
- From Bad to Worse
- The Hero Dies
- Hero with an F in Good
- How We Got Here
- I See Dead People: A whole family of them.
- Kick the Dog: The movie could count as one giant Kick the Dog towards Uxbal. But When he gives Ige the remainder of his savings, she almost goes back to Africa with the money, but eventually reconsiders.
- Magic Realism
- Mood-Swinger: Marambra, for obvious reasons.
- My God, What Have I Done?: The carbon monoxide poisoning of the immigrant workers.
- Straight Gay
- Tear Jerker: The movie.
- Tragic Hero: Uxbal.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Uxbal gets no gratitude for passing on the dead's messages. Although, to be fair, the people he's talking to might assume he's a fake or is speaking out of pain.