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.
R (for sexuality, drug use and language)
Art House & International , Comedy
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David Castillo
as Bernardo
Empar Ferrer
as Dª Teresa
Elvira Lindo
as Violeta
Arno Chevrier
as Manuel
Josele Roman
as Gloria
Daniel Llobregat
as Bernardo
Juanma Lara
as Aitor
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Critic Reviews for Cachorro

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (13)

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

Full Review… | April 7, 2010
Chicago Reader
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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.

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
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A touching, frank movie about parenting.

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


endearing Spanish film focusing more on human relationships rather than just the "oso" culture in Madrid..ending was a bit abrupt and leaves the viewer hanging so 4 out of 5

Cesar Castaneda
Cesar Castaneda

It was decent but it was kind of more serious than I expected and I thought it was a bit over messagey and preachy.

Dan Rosson
Dan Rosson

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.

John H
John H

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