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Seeking Beauty In a Time of Tragedy

Movies: ‘Biutiful’
Javier Bardem in “Biutiful.”

In “Biutiful,” Javier Bardem plays Uxbal, a man desperately clinging to life at the margins of society in Barcelona. This is not the upscale city of “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” Woody Allen’s comedy in which Bardem was a suave lady’s man. In the hands of the great Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu (“Babel,” “21 Grams”), we see the teeming, hustling, multicultural, and poverty-stricken underside of contemporary urban Europe.

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