I just watched Biutiful by Alejandro González Iñárritu, which I had been dying to see ever since I saw the trailer on the Winter’s Bone dvd. I’m getting really frustrated with movie theaters not playing any good movies anymore — I can’t drive to an art theater every time I want to see a film — and I had to wait for dvd for this one. Biutiful was completely heart-wrenching. Don’t watch this if you want to be in a good mood. But please watch this. Javier Bardem plays a gritty, serious but loving father trying to make enough money to support his kids after he is diagnosed with terminal cancer. The film depicts the interconnectedness of poverty, race, immigration, psychology, and spirituality, and it’s something we could all stand to keep in the front of our minds. Bardem is an extremely skilled actor — at several points I couldn’t decide if I wanted to cry or vomit, and simply because of his presence on the screen. Between this and No Country for Old Men, he’s marked as someone to pay attention to.
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It’s incredible the resilience and courage of artists such as Christy Brown in facing such a difficult life. In My Left Foot, Daniel Day-Lewis gives us the opportunity to understand what that life must have been.
The film begins with Christy receiving an achievement award, then flashes back to his life as he grows up with cerebral palsy. As a young boy, he is unable to communicate with anyone at all, and almost no one understands CP in the family’s small Irish town. His mother, raising 22 children, 13 of which survive, is instrumental in Christy’s development. He teaches himself to write, paint and type with his foot and, eventually, his mother finds a teacher for him for speech and muscle therapy (and to “say ‘fuck off’ more clearly”).
Day-Lewis’s performance captures not only the hardships of a life with cerebral palsy, but also the man’s determination, intellect, humor and vices (alcoholism, lust, etc.). Brenda Fricker, in the role of Mrs. Brown, and Hugh O’Connor, playing young Christy deserve recognition, as well. This was a touching, eye-opening film with earth shattering performances.