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BIUTIFUL Di­rec­tor Ale­jan­dro González Iñár­ritu is work­ing here with­out his for­mer writ­ing col­lab­o­ra­tor Guillermo Ar­riaga (with whom he made 21 Grams and Ba­bel). The re­sult is more lin­ear than those films, and it’s re­lent­lessly grim. At al­most two and a half hours, this for­eign-lan­guage Os­car nom­i­nee is the Gone With the Wind of de­press­ing movies. But it’s pow­er­ful, and it some­times shocks you with its beauty and tragedy, while at other times it pum­mels you with its lugubri­ous ex­cess. There are many rea­sons to see the film, high­lighted by Javier Bar­dem’s ex­tra­or­di­nary per­for­mance, which has earned him an Os­car nom­i­na­tion. Rated R. 148 min­utes. In Span­ish with sub­ti­tles. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)

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