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“pelo Malo”: Great Movie, Bad Mom

Posted on the 20 March 2015 by Beinglatinacom

“PELO MALO”: GREAT MOVIE, BAD MOM

Junior (Samuel Lange) is nine-year-old Venezuelan boy living in poverty, who is on a mission to have his curly hair straightened for his upcoming school photo in Mariana Rond ón's film "Pelo Malo". His widowed unemployed single mother Martha (Samantha Castillo), hates this idea as she fears that actions like these are indicators that her son is gay; at one point in the film she even takes Junior to the doctor, so that he can check him and see what's with him.

The more Junior tries to look good and impress his mother, the more she resents him. He seeks out her comfort and looks at her deeply at times and you just want Martha to act like his mom and not just a custodian, but instead she responds coldly to Junior by saying things like "Don't look at me like that, I told you I don't like it, when you look at me like that" ; which is hard to stomach as she is constantly showing Junior's younger brother love and affection.

“PELO MALO”: GREAT MOVIE, BAD MOM

Junior's paternal grandmother Carmen (Nelly Ramos) turns out to be an unlikely ally to Junior, when she babysits Junior and helps him start to realize his dream by blow drying some of his hair straight and promising to make him a rock star's outfit for his school photo. His grandmother eve n teaches him to sing like a rock star to the tune of 1960's Venezuelan pop singer Henry Stephen's hit song "Mi Limon Mi Limonero"

“PELO MALO”: GREAT MOVIE, BAD MOM

The constant battle between Junior and his mother and Junior and his own self is something that is shown thr oughout the film as you see him always finding his way to a mirror and his mother always analyzing everything that he does from the way that eats his food to the way dances.

The acting in this film is raw, with all main cast members leaving you a piece of themselves on the screen. Samuel Lange gives a strong performance throughout the film and does an excellent job in his portrayal of Junior as he would go from this quiet, yet inquisitive little thing to this loud and passionate boy in the blink of an eye.

This film has plenty of dark elements and moments thrown into the mix, from when the grandmother offers to buy Junior from Martha and Martha contemplates it; to when Martha takes advice from the doctor to show Junior ]a "normal" family example too far, by forcing him to watch her having sex with her boss. Still Martha wasn't done with her "mothering" of Junior just yet, as later on she gives him an dire ultimatum during their last confrontation. "I don't love you" Junior tells his mom defiantly, yet heartbroken. "Me either" is her blank response and my heart just broke into pieces along with Junior's.

This film gives you an interesting perspective at the poverty and sexuality issues of Venezuela. Mariana Rond does a great job of showing the rawness of the Caracas community that Junior grows up in, which after viewing, I feel make the projects of New York City look like condominiums.

I orignally went to see "Pelo Malo" thanks to Lincoln Motor Company, while it showed during the Tribeca Film Festival. With this year's Festival around the corner, I thought I would highlight this post as I still continue to get hits on it monthly.


HARRY STEPHEN'S - MI LIMON MI LIMONERA VIDEO

For more information on "Pelo Malo" , check their website out: http://www.pelomalofilm.com/


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