A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.
Uxbal, single father of two children, finds his life in chaos as he is forced to deal with his life in order to escape the heat of crime in underground Barcelona, to break with the love for the divorced, manic depressive, abusive mother of his children and to regain spiritual insight in his life as he is diagnosed with terminal cancer.Written by
When Alejandro González-Iñárritu was casting the role of Ana at a school, Hanaa Bouchaib came up to him, grabbed him by the shirt and said: "Are you the one who's making the movie? I want in" The director said that he was so captivated that really keep her in mind. See more »
In the scene with the three dead boys, as people are filing out while Uxbal stands at the door, the foot visible in the coffin nearest the door moves. See more »
My love, what you see over there aren't stars. It's your nervous system.
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This movie is one of the finest (and most harrowing) emotional cinematic journeys I have ever experienced. The opening two scenes raise so many questions; which are answered by the juxtaposition of the final two scenes in a wonderful (and surprising) manner. The portrayal of life in its ordinariness (and the extra-ordinariness within) is a joy in its honesty, challenge, beauty and reward. There are reflections on psychological conditions, racism and even capitalism to some extent in its portrayal of a struggling life in Barcelona. There are some very, very difficult scenes to endure; but this movie is an experience worth enduring. I would truly recommend this film; though be prepared for a not-so-easy ride.
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