Biutiful opens with a stark scene of snowy woods and ends with the same image. In between, there are moments that are disturbing, thought provoking, and heart wrenching.

Javier Bardem is Uxbal, the morally compromised father of two struggling to keep together the semblance of a home for his children while dealing with his estranged wife, Marambra who suffers from bipolar disorder. Uxbal also possesses the ability to communicate with the dead at the moment in which their souls transition to the after life. Continue reading »

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