SP D: Alejandro González Iñárritu w/ Javier Bardem, Maricel Alvarez. Spain/Mexico. 148 min. Sep 10, 8 pm Winter Garden; Sep 11, 9:30 am AMC 6 Rating: NNNNN
This harrowing new work from the gifted Mexican director forgoes his multinarrative approach for a single and disturbing story. Uxbal (Bardem) is trying to maintain his myriad shady businesses while caring for his two children and the mother of his ex-wife (Alvarez), who’s bi-polar and now turning tricks. And he’s dying.
Uxbal’s a fascinating character: sensitive yet unscrupulous, a loving father capable of exploitation. Bardem is spectacular as a tortured soul trying to do right when everything’s going all wrong.
This isn’t for everyone – if you can’t stand the heat, stay away. But if you want to experience a terrific filmmaker and a superb actor at the height of their powers, don’t miss it.
Life is Biutiful for Maricel Alvarez and Javier Bardem.
Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu has another hit on his hands.