Chilean filmmaker Gonzalo Justiniano directs the coming-of-age drama B-Happy. Manuela Martelli plays fearless 14-year-old Kathy, who lives in Chile with her mother (Lorene Prieto) and older brother (Felipe Rios). Her father (Eduardo Barril) is a criminal who reverts back to a life of crime when he's released from prison. Her family eventually deserts her and she's left on her own. She makes friends with new kid in town Chemo (Ricardo Fernández), escapes from reform school, and works as a prostitute. B-Happy was shown at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for B-Happy
It's a thoughtful work that opts for careful observation and quiet deliberation over histrionics and drama.
In a sad, sympathetic and haunting performance, Manuela Martelli plays Katty as a 15-year-old enigma. It is an unforgettable piece of acting in an otherwise mediocre movie.
A rigorous Chilean film about all the challenges faced by a poor teenage girl who is forced to take charge of her own life at an early age.
This cooled-out melodrama from Chile is often so natural it has the on-the-fly illumination of improvisation.
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