Have any of you seen Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s latest, Biutiful?
Guillermo Arriaga, the writer of Iñárritu’s three other films (Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel), asserts that “as a writer you have to love your characters, even if you hate them. If you love the characters you hate, you’ll make them believable.” Iñárritu, who wrote and directed Biutiful, has placed this energy into his major character, Uxbal (expertly played by Javier Bardem), and the result is a character who draws the viewer into his life.
In an interview, Iñárritu’s said of his film:
“This kind of film now is almost like a, as I was telling this guy, an act of resistance. It’s an act of resistance to a culture of stupidity that is flowing and intoxicating all societies. It’s just it seems that we are very comfortable in the vulgarity of the easy things. These twitters and all these texts and everything, we are very comfortable just— but to feel something, and to express emotions, see the young kids they don’t express—its cool to be in control, its cool to be that, you cannot show vulnerability, you cannot be fragile, you can’t have doubts. That’s what the films say and that’s our culture, and that’s where we are headed to be as a culture: We will not die, we will just be young adolescents all our life.”
If you’ve seen it, let me know what you think.
If you want to discuss it, please, lets.
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