A nine-year-old boy’s preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother, in this tender but clear-eyed coming-of-age tale from Venezuelan writer-director Mariana Rondón.
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A really brilliant and affecting film. Delicate yet bold acting. Really like the mother's character being so disturbed by her son but playing such a male-like character herself in reflection - in the job she does and how she treats other men.
A heartbreaking story that deals mostly with the harsh reality of intolerance regarding gender identity. Through minimal elements, Mariana Rondón creates a universe that not only shows though family dynamics but also reflects a society. Samuel Lange in the role of Junior is a knockout.
This movie's about how to fix your bad hair into straight hair...partly yes, but mostly no, this tale is about how oppressing masculinity is against people in Venezuela. "I don't wanna dress like a girl !" "Is my son fag?"...painful that I'm listen to such a thing. But "Pelo Malo" depicts curse named masculinity, desolate poverty, love and absolute discommunication between son & mother. Hard to watch, but great film.