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Cachorro (2004)



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A man tries to leave his wild life behind him for the sake of a young boy in this comedy drama. Pedro (José Luis García Pérez) is a dentist who lives and works in Madrid. Pedro is also a "bear" -- slang for a gay man who is stocky and has lots of body hair. Pedro likes the company of other bears, and enjoys a freewheeling sex life until his sister Violetta (Elvira Lindo) arrives at his door with a special request. Violetta is traveling to India for two weeks, and wants Pedro to look after her son, nine-year-old Bernardo (David Castillo), while she's away. Pedro initially bristles at the idea of playing babysitter, but he soon warms to the situation, and develops a paternal bond his nephew. Pedro also gets some help from Manuel (Arno Chevrier), a former boyfriend who is looking to settle into a stable relationship. When Pedro gets word that Violetta has been arrested in India for drug smuggling and is likely to spend some time behind bars, he realizes that he's going to be stuck with Bernardo for a while -- and to his surprise, he doesn't mind the idea at all. But Doña Teresa (Empar Ferrer), the boy's paternal grandmother, openly disapproves of Pedro's lifestyle, and doesn't want Bernardo staying with his uncle. While Pedro is strictly mindful of his behavior around the house, he occasionally slips out for anonymous sex with fellow bears, and when a detective hired by Doña Teresa catches him in the act, it's an open question if he'll be allowed to have continued custody of his nephew. Cachorro (which translates as Bear Cub) received its American premiere at the 2004 Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.more
Rating: R (for sexuality, drug use and language)
Genre: Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Miguel Albaladejo, Salvador García Ruiz
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 10, 2005
Box Office: $46.2k
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Empar Ferrer
as Dª Teresa
Elvira Lindo
as Violeta
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Critic Reviews for Cachorro

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (18)

Thoroughly likable, it never resorts to sentimental cliches or moralistic epiphanies.

Full Review… | April 7, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Suddenly this careful and patient movie turns cheap and hasty, with unexpected disclosures, desperate curveballs, and crocodile tears. It's not ruinous, but it's not good either.

Full Review… | April 15, 2005
Boston Globe
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Albaladejo takes a warm approach to his characters, from Pedro's boisterous circle of like-minded gay pals (known as 'bears' for their stocky builds and facial hair) to Bernardo's paternal grandmother.

Full Review… | February 18, 2005
Miami Herald
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It turns into a subtle character study that both gay and straight audiences will find moving.

Full Review… | February 4, 2005
Detroit Free Press
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Had the story had more oomph to it, its stance would have seemed a lot more important as an artistic issue. But as things sit, it's an abstract plus indeed.

Full Review… | January 21, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

A touching, frank movie about parenting.

Full Review… | December 30, 2004
Dallas Morning News
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Audience Reviews for Cachorro


Really liked this bear culture movie. A bit dissappointed that gay movies have to alway include aids into everything. But there were some very wonderful moments within.


this movie is about a guy who is a gay bear. bears in the gay community is someone who is often overweight and has a lot of natural hair. to tell you the truth, those gay bear types have always scared me, but we all have to overcome our phobias sonner or later, right?

well this film is in that funny spanish (i think its called castilian). any film in castilian has its characters sounding really fruity, so i couldnt take this film seriously. it seems motivated by political correctness, but very good acting pervades it. it is light hearted even though some serious taboo-shattering themes are at hand.

Richard Cranium

I enjoyed this immensely. Another movie that expands the definition of what a family is. I did find the ending a little abrupt but certainly worth watching.


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