BIUTIFUL is a great film, but a very hard sell. It's 2.5 hours long, and one of the most depressing films I've ever seen,and I've seen a lot of depressing films. The film is a co-production from Mexico, takes place in Spain and has a Chinese subplot. This is not exactly popcorn fare for most Americans.
But Javier Bardem is, as always, fantastic, as is the rest of the cast. Like many European films, it does not hit every nail on the head repeatedly or even explain everything. Several of the scenes are completely surreal, although you may not notice unless you are paying attention.
If you like foreign films, this is a nice catch. It's in a few theaters, so see it while it's still there.