By Jan Wahl

(KCBS) – KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews this Spanish film starring Javier Bardem. Plus some Oscar-nominated films she recommends.

Biutiful (R)

It is hard to recommend bleak, depressing and extremely violent movies. If it is a sad subject, like Rabbit Hole, it can totally work because there are also moments of illumination and even hope. Like life itself. Biutiful stars a great actor, Javier Bardem, as a dying man trying to protect his two young children in the rough, poor underworld of modern day Barcelona. Far from the beauty of Gaudi architecture and statue-filled parks, this is a part of the city that houses criminals of all kinds and danger everywhere. Bardem is a shady character supplying illegal goods and services, but we see his heart is right in trying to extricate himself and save his children from this horrific world. There are a few lovely moments of his beautiful spirit. Bardem is nominated as Best Actor for this heartfelt performance, and the movie is up for Best Foreign Film. In Spanish language.

Jan recommends these films to see right now: The King’s Speech, Inside Job, Rabbit Hole (Aaron Eckhart should have been nominated best actor!), The Fighter, Winter’s Bone, The Company Men, Barney’s Version, Nuremberg: It’s Lesson for Today

Jan recommends these films to rent right now: Social Network, Nowhere Boy, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer, The Bank Job
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