Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Cast: Javier Bardem, Maricel Alvarez. 148 min. Rated R. Mexico/Spain. Drama.
Inarritu does not reproduce his love for parallel stories here, but definitely re-demonstrates his obsession with death. A petty criminal with a heart of gold running a bootleg-movie business and a Chinese sweatshop in Spain takes care of his two kids, is dying from cancer, has a manic-depressive wife, and whatever he ventures on leads to disaster. As though that wasn't enough, he can communicate with the dead too. Bardem was probably the only actor in Spain powerful enough to transcend such emotional depth. And I never thought Spaniards considered butterflies the physical embodiment of the dead also.