Bad Hair

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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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Critic Reviews for Bad Hair

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (2)

  • 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…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • The director Mariana Rondón elicits a moving and unaffected performance from Lange as the boy desperate to please his mother even as he realises how much his behaviour vexes her.

    Jan 29, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Pelo Malo, which translates as "bad hair", takes a child's-eye view of growing up mixed race in the slums of Caracas, Venezuela.

    Jan 29, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • A quietly perceptive work that teases out insights without undue strain.

    Jan 29, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Guardian
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  • With two combustible lead performances and a vibrant representation of the high-rise life among Venezuela's working poor, Rondón leads an assured dance through universal themes of poverty, family and sexuality.

    Jan 29, 2015 | Rating: 4/5
  • Writer-director Mariana Rondón offers a striking new twist on mother-son relationships.

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

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  • Apr 12, 2016
    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 M Super Reviewer

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