A couple great foreign films are the picks of the week. Javier Bardem stars in the Mexican-Spanish co-production Biutiful, about a troubled father dealing with crime and the Barcelona underworld. Less well-known is the drama Contracorriente (Undertow) — which is probably the only Peruvian movie about homosexual ghosts. It won the World Cinema Audience Award at last year’s Sundance, and guarantees a unique viewing experience.
Biutiful – Average Tier 6.85
This is a story of a man in free fall. On the road to redemption, darkness lights his way. Connected with the afterlife, Uxbal is a tragic hero and father of two who’s sensing the danger of death. He struggles with a tainted reality and a fate that works against him in order to forgive, for love, and forever. Biutiful @ Amazon
Contracorriente – Average Tier 5.87
An unusual ghost story set on the Peruvian seaside; a married fisherman struggles to reconcile his devotion to his male lover within his town’s rigid traditions. Contracorriente @ Amazon
Cross – Average Tier 1.00
Given incredible power by an ancient Celtic Cross. Callan continues to fight evil… Now, joined by a team of weapons experts, Callan battles an unstoppable empire in Los Angeles. Cross @ Amazon