Pelo Malo

Coming of Age/Drama, Venezuela/Argentina 2013

Nine-year-old Junior lives a troubled existence alongside his mother Marta in a run-down estate on the outskirts of Caracas. The boy doesn't know his father, but he has inherited his frizzy, curly hair. Struggling with a newborn, Marta treats Junior harshly. Their relationship further nosedives when he begins to view his thick curls as a source of shame and attempts to straighten them. The more Junior urgently attempts to change his looks, the more his mother seeks to admonish and turn him “normal”.
Audio language:
Spanish
Subtitles:
EnglishFrenchGermanItalianPortugueseSpanish

Awards

Golden Shell San Sebastian International Film Festival 2013 Best Film
Havana Film Festival Jury Award Best Film
Montreal Festival of New Cinema Best Actress

More information

Director:

Mariana Rondón

Sound Design:

Lena Esquenazi

Cast:

Samuel Lange Zambrano (Junior)

Samantha Castillo (Marta)

Beto Benitez (Der Chef)

Nelly Ramos (Carmen)

María Emilia Sulbarán (The young girl)

Original title:

Pelo malo

Original language:

Spanish

Further titles:

Bad Hair

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Format:

16:9 HD, Color

Age Recommendation:

Starting at 14 years

Age rating:

MPA – PG

Audio language:

Spanish

Subtitles:

EnglishFrenchGermanItalianPortugueseSpanish