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Javier Bardem is unforgettable in Biutiful, this Thursday, March 15 at Murphy Library

Posted on: March 12, 2012

A petty criminal in Barcelona struggles to care for his beloved children.  Director Alejandro González Iñárritu, who also made Babel and Amores Perros offers us an emotional story of a loving father and the difficult life he leads in the underbelly of this beautiful Spanish city.  T he Murphy Library is showing  Biutiful this Thursday, March 15 at 4 and 6 p.m.  It stars the unforgettable Javier Bardem and is rated R, not suitable for children or young people. Running time is 148 minutes.  The film is in Spanish with subtitles in English.  .

This is a film with much sadness and yet when Javier Bardem’s character Uxbal smiles at his young son and daughter, all you see is a father who adores his children. Bardem’s smile is not to be missed.

Uxbal deals in small time crime to earn a living.  He helps organize factories where Chinese immigrants sleep on the floor and make illegal copies of high fashion designs for others to sell on the streets.  He pays off the cops, and when the street sellers are also caught selling drugs, he tries to save them. 

And then there are his children.  His wife is deeply troubled mentally and Uxbal provides all the care for the children.  They are his joy.  Then he is stricken with a deadly disease and all he can wonder is who will care for his children when he’s gone.

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