Film Focus: Javier Bardem
Oct. 1 -- Mondays in the Sun (2002)R, 113 min.
Bardem plays Santa, the unofficial leader of a group of unemployed shipyard workers in Spain. The men spend their days at the town bar where they reminisce, philosophize, and commiserate about their current state. The gruff Santa refuses to sink into self-pity and thereby pricks his friends' hopes from time to time. Spanish with English subtitles.
Oct. 8 -- Biutiful (2010)
R, 148 min.
Uxbal, Bardem's character, tries to reconcile his desire to be good with his lawless ways. Uxbal is both a caring father and a gangster who oversees a small underground empire of crime. As fate encircles him, Uxbal learns to accept the realities of life, whether bright, bad, or biutiful. Spanish with English subtitles.
Oct. 15 -- The Sea Inside (2004)
PG-13, 125 min.
The true story of Ramón Sampedro (played by Bardem), a bedridden quadriplegic who fought to end his life with dignity. However, Sampedro's family as well as Spanish laws opposed assisted suicide. The film is the story of Sampedro, his lawyer, and the true meaning of love. Spanish with English subtitles.
Oct. 22 -- Love in the Time of Cholera (2007)R, 133 min.
The story of a passionate love triangle that unfolds in turn-of-the-century South America. It is the story of two young lovers who bide their time for decades while they wait to be together. In spite of marriages, affairs, and deaths, the couple never loses hope that destiny will unite them one day. Based on the novel by Gabriel García Márquez.
Oct. 29 -- Before Night Falls (2000)
R, 130 min.
Bardem stars in the story of the late author Reinaldo Arenas, Cuba's preeminent literary voice. The film follows Arenas from his childhood in Cuba to his death in New York City. Arenas was imprisoned for two years in Castro's Cuba due to his political beliefs and homosexuality. After he flees to the United States, Arenas tragically succumbs to illness and poverty. Based on the autobiography written by Arenas.