Pellet

2000, Drama, 1h 28m

11 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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Pablo (Juan José Ballesta) is a 12-year-old boy who is streetwise but scarred. He is emotionally and physically damaged by the constant abuse of his father, Mariano (Manuel Morón) -- that is, until new kid Alfredo (Pablo Galán) befriends Pablo, instills some confidence in him and exposes him to the true meaning of family by inviting Pablo into his home. Yet, as Alfredo's family and Laura (Ana Wagener), a social worker, try to give Pablo a new start, the tyrannical Mariano steps in to stop them.

Cast & Crew

Pablo Galán
Alfredo
Manuel Morón
Mariano
Achero Mañas
Director
José Antonio Félez
Executive Producer
Achero Mañas
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Critic Reviews for Pellet

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (1)

Audience Reviews for Pellet

  • May 02, 2009
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2009
    Reminiscent of <i>The 400 Blows</i>, 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 T Super Reviewer

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