BAD HAIR

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A touching and humorous coming-of-gender story, Bad Hair chronicles the life of nine-year-old Junior, living in a bustling Caracas tenement with his widowed mother. Junior fears he has pelo malo – bad hair. For his school photo, he wants to iron his stubbornly curly mane straight to resemble one of his pop star idols. His mother, unemployed and frazzled from the pressures of raising two children in an unforgiving city, has serious misgivings; she suspects her son is gay. Grandma is more accepting, teaching Junior to dance to one of her favourite ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll tunes. Rondón grounds her film in the cultural realities of working-class Venezuela – and, by dint of two remarkable performances, finds warmth and humour between mother and son, even as the uncertainties of pre-adolescence threaten to pull them apart.

BAD HAIR Trailer | Festival 2013

Pelo malo
Sun
14
Jun
18:15
  • Savoy Cinema, Penzance
Mon
15
Jun
20:15
  • Savoy Cinema, Penzance
Wed
17
Jun
18:30
  • Royal Cinema, St Ives

Director: 

Mariana Rondón

Actors: 

Samuel Lange Zambrano, Samantha Castillo, Beto Benites.

Venezuela 2013 93m subtitles