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Bad Hair

Pelo malo

Directed by Mariana Rondon
Venezuela, Peru, 2013


Junior is a boy with “bad hair”. He wants to have it straightened for his yearbook picture, which triggers a wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother. The more Junior tries to look sharp and make his mother love him, the more he’s rejected, until he’s face to face with a painful decision.

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Bad Hair Directed by Mariana Rondon
Rondón presents a film that via disciplined social realism earns the delightful sentiment that no one is too poor to get lost in the magnetic beauty of a crush’s eyes.
January 29, 2015
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Bad Hair from Venezuela is a youth movie that has something missing in Boyhood: the genuine confusion of growing up. The boy in this film explores his sexual identity in ways that don’t fit the expectations of society or his stressed out single mom. It creates a dramatic tension that is incredibly rich and never slips into feel good sentimentality.
December 13, 2014
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Writer-director Mariana Rondon, dividing her attention and sympathy between mother and son, shows how each of them falls prey to heteronormative prejudice. Yet the psychological drama grows organically out of everyday conflict—the mother struggling to find steady work, the son getting bullied at school—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.
December 03, 2014
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