Starring: Javier Bardem, Maricel Alvarez, Hanna Bouchaib, Guillermo Estrella, Eduard Fernandez, Diaryatou Daff, Cheng Tai Shen
Set in Barcelona, Spain, the plot revolves around Uxbal (Bardem) a man with an unstable and weak income who would do just about anything to make some money. From talking to the dead, selling replicated designer wear and trafficking Chinese labourers, Uxbal is the man you would want to approach if your stuck in the mud. Uxbal seperated from his wife Marambra (Alvarez) due to her mental condition and her inability to look after their two children Ana (Bouchaib) and Mateo (Estrella). Uxbal is suffering from cancer and has only a few months to survive. In these few months he needs to sort many things in his life out to make sure that his children have a safe and happy future. Mambra is desperate to get back to him and with no other person to trust his children with, Uxbal is forced to accept her in his life once more much to his despise. His worries seem to be endless with his children's future being the pinnacle of the lot. The movie seems to be a bit 'arty' and may not be the conventional movie one wold come across in theatres. The performances of Javier Bardem, Maricel Alvarez and everyone else is simply outstanding and merits those endless awards the movie has received. The only reason to watch this movie is to enjoy the fabulous acting and the fine plot execution that it enjoys. Yes, it is slow and can get a bit boring for some but that is how one would expect a movie of this particular genre to turn out to be. Sheer brilliance I tell you!
Thumbs up: Great performances
Thumbs down: Slow for some