Whether you feel moved by "Biutiful" or find yourself frustrated by it -- and Cannes audiences and an early smattering of reviewers have demonstrated both reactions -- there's little doubt that the Spanish-language film is like nothing else out there. A meticulously shot movie about a small-time con man and single father (Javier Bardem) trying to provide for his kids as he dies of cancer, Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest effort probably won't win the award for feel-good movie of the year.
But the film, Iñárritu's first without screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga, will have its admirers. You can judge for yourself with this clip, in which Bardem's character tries to reason with his troubled wife. The movie opens across Los Angeles in January after select screenings this week.
-- Steven Zeitchik