A middle-aged grifter living amongst Barcelona’s criminal underworld, trying to raise two young children, Uxbal (Bardem) is blessed/cursed with a psychic ability to see the spirits of the dead. Diagnosed with cancer, he is given two months to live, and sets about putting his world in order.
Iñárritu has made a modern classical tragedy and, in Javier Bardem, he has found his first authentic hero; a character caught up in an intricate web of events he cannot extricate himself from.
Reviewed by Andrew Male
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