Bad Hair

2014

Bad Hair

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94%

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Reviews Counted: 36

68%
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Reviews Count: 0
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68%
Average Rating: 3.6/5

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In PELO MALO, Junior is a nine-year-old boy who has stubbornly curly hair, or "bad hair." He wants to have it straightened for his yearbook picture, like a fashionable pop singer with long, ironed hair. This puts him at odds with his mother Marta, a young, unemployed widow. Junior, Marta, and his baby brother live in a large multi-family building. Overwhelmed by what it takes to survive in the chaotic city of Caracas, Marta finds it increasingly difficult to tolerate Junior's fixation with his looks. The more Junior tries to look sharp and make his mother love him, the more she rejects him. His paternal grandmother, a witness to this rejection, asks Marta to give her the boy so that he can look after her. Marta refuses and tries to correct her son's obsession by "setting an example," a cruel moment which was meant to be a lesson. Junior finds himself cornered, face to face with a painful decision.(C) FiGA Cinema Tropical

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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (14)

There's a sense of being trapped that permeates "Bad Hair" - trapped in your own flesh, trapped in circumstances, trapped in the family you're born into.

Feb 27, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Detroit News
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A quietly perceptive work that teases out insights without undue strain.

Jan 29, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Guardian
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Writer-director Mariana Rondón offers a striking new twist on mother-son relationships.

Jan 26, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The film is anchored by two riveting performances from Castillo and Lange, whose characters are searching for themselves and feeling increasingly desperate as they fail.

Jan 22, 2015 | Full Review…

No matter how dire things may get, Pelo malo argues that hope springs eternal.

Dec 23, 2014 | Rating: 3/4

The psychological drama grows organically out of everyday conflict, and an immersive treatment of the housing project where the characters live. This is an accomplished piece of social realist filmmaking, clear-eyed but tender.

Dec 4, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bad Hair

An irregular film that suffers from the contradictory behavior of its two main characters but has a poignant ending, even if the mother played by Castillo seems like a telenovela villain in urgent need of psychiatric help - although I do know that the world is full of people like that.

Carlos Magalhães
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