A sophisticated, intuitive and passionate director, Inarritu says that making a more simple movie (without longtime collaborator Guillermo Arriaga) turned out to be a challenge. "One city, one single character, one point-of-view, in my own language: I thought it would be easier," the director says in our flip cam interview below. "You're naked, there's no way to hide."
We also discussed why Biutiful has inspired such divergent reaction overseas and in America, and why folks today are scared of raw emotion, which is, fair to say, Inarritu's stock in trade. While I consider Biutiful to be a must-see, some critics resist this out-and-out tragedy. The director set out to "create catharsis" in people, he says, and expected the film to "provoke extreme reactions." Audiences should "go with the flow, see it, take it."