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Pellet (2000)

Pellet (2000)





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Los cambios que se producen en la vida de un niño de 12 años, que vive en un ambiente violento y hostil, cuando descubre el valor de la amistad.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Achero Mañas
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On DVD: Jan 1, 2005
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Carmen del Valle
as Camarera Bar
Pablo Galán
as Alfredo
Javier Lago
as Alfonso
Soledad Osorio
as Abuela de El Bola
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Critic Reviews for Pellet

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (6)

Mana gives us compelling, damaged characters who we want to help -- or hurt.

Full Review… | December 13, 2002
Chicago Tribune
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Never [sinks] into exploitation.

December 13, 2002
New York Post
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At once subtle and visceral, the film never succumbs to the trap of the maudlin or tearful, offering instead with its unflinching gaze a measure of faith in the future.

Full Review… | December 10, 2002
Village Voice
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As blunt as it is in depicting child abuse, El Bola is a movie steeped in an ambiguity that lends its conflicts a symbolic resonance.

Full Review… | December 10, 2002
New York Times
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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Pellet

Reminiscent of The 400 Blows, this is a powerful story about child abuse and the positive impact of friendship. Achero Mañas coaxes exceptional performances from his young actors. A sad but effective film.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Children abuse was never an easy topic to get into when telling a story due to the fact its a very sensitive issue to show on screen.Spanish director Achero Mañas movie EL BOLA, winners of the 2001 Goya Awards, showed here the issue of child abuse, and how okay it was that the father imposed his power over his family, because he was the breadwinner and he was always right. This movie showed growing up, friendship, despair and hope. The game the boys played at the train tracks came over as a death wish, because their lives were miserable.Alfredo the newcomer who had a normal life found the game stupid and refused to play.This was a difference with the other children,because he was raised by loving parents.Acting was perfect and cinematography was amazing. Pablo was really good in his role. I wondered how the ending would be, and it was perfect.

Daisy Maduro

Super Reviewer


I enjoyed this movie. Good story, good characters. Well acted, good story. Reminiscent of Truffaut's 400 Blows - only in modern day Spain.

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