Until now Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu has made films that feature multiple story lines of people in crisis. With BIUTIFUL,
he follows one story from beginning to end, but loses none of the complexity or richness of his previous work. It also incorporates part of his own experience of feeling a brush with death. When I spoke with him on October 8, 2010, it was the first thing he addressed. Inarritu, a gregrious man with a hearty laugh and a wealth of ideas, explicated on the film’s themes of sex and death, taking leave of this life in tiny increments, and why collaboration brought his vision into sharper focus.