Truly, this is a hard film to watch, yet at the same time..very well worth it. For starters, its a 2 1/2 hour movie. Javier Bardom's character Uxbal is a man on the edge. He has not had the easiest life. This story takes you to the underground Barcelona. And as unusual as his tactics are in survival, he is still a father. He is also clairvoyant or at least he thinks he is.
|We don't know exactly how his character came about his plight, but from the things he does..you get an inkling of his history.|
The movie shows the tragic situation of human trafficing and immigrant communities. The director and writer of this film is Alejandro González Iñárritu who you might be familiar with from 21 Grams and Babel. This film makes me think of a modern day tale of Gabriel García Márquez. The film has a spiritual whimsical side to it, as well. And I can not think of any other than Javier Bardom taking us through this journey.
Such an outstanding performance from Maricel Alverez. She is the bi-polar mother of his children who can't quite be there for them.
This is such an artistic movie, yet quite depressing too..But as they say..isn't most great art depressing?
|One of my favorite scenes in the movie. Nasser Saleh plays the father - the main character never knew.|
STORYLINE: Uxbal, single father of two children, finds his life in chaos as he is forced to deal with his life in order to escape the heat of crime in underground Barcelona, to break with the love for the divorced, manic depressive, abusive mother of his children and to regain spiritual insight in his life as he is diagnosed with terminal cancer.