A hustler is the central character of Alejandro González Iñárritu's Biutiful. His name is Uxbal (Javier Bardem); he has two kids and a marriage on the rocks. In Biutiful—which is set in the crowded sections of Barcelona, in sections of the city that are far from the financial core and its towers—there are no shocks, just a mix of humans who are hustling for a living. Uxbal and his brother, a supreme hustler, make a living by plugging undocumented labor into different parts of the urban economy. No one has papers; everyone has a desire to live decently. Biutiful is the first and only great work of global cinema I have seen. (See Movie Times: thestranger.com/film)