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Barrio (1998)

 |  Drama  |  2 October 1998 (Spain)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Críspulo Cabezas ...
Rai
Timy Benito ...
Javi (as Timy)
Eloi Yebra ...
Manu
Marieta Orozco ...
Susi
Alicia Sánchez ...
Carmen
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Ricardo
Francisco Algora ...
Ángel
Chete Lera ...
Inspector de policía
Claude Pascadel ...
Abuelo de Javi
Pedro Miguel Martínez ...
Vecino
Daniel Guzmán ...
Chico bar de copas
...
Chica bar de copas
Nicolas Abraham ...
Hermano de Rai
Concha Gómez Conde ...
Madre de Rai
Pepo Oliva ...
Padre de Rai
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A coming-of-age story in the vein of CITY OF GOD and KIDS - available for the first time in the U.S.!

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Interesting story about a group of teens that takes place in a Madrid suburb, being well directed by Fernando Leon De Aranoa
11 September 2014 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

Enjoyable look about a gang of adolescents of lower class in suburban barrios and their problems with parents and environment . This is a coming-of-age story in the vein of City of God and Kids . Rai (Crispulo), Javi (Tim Benito) and Manu (Eloi Yebra) are three misunderstood adolescents from typical working class family living in a big city , Madrid . They are unadapted and unknown children for their parents , brothers and themselves . Their families are distorted , troublesome parents have marital problems and one of them has a brother who never calls or visits . They live in a ¨Barrio¨ or "Neighborhood" and both of them want to getaway from it . Their emotional loneliness and isolation to be led to unexpected and tragic consequences . Meanwhile , the teens dedicate themselves their occupations , as Ray as a small drug dealer and another as a delivery pizza boy . Later on , there takes place an agreeable surprise , Rai receives a lottery gift , a lush motorboat . At the end takes place an astounding tragedy .

¨Barrio¨ is one of several movies dealing with Spanish adolescence and their particularities such as : rude education , jobless , sex , drugs , and delinquency , all of them interwoven with problematic parents-children relationships . This genre achieved splendor during the 70s and early 80s such as ¨Perros Callejeros I and II¨, ¨Perras Callejeras¨ , ¨ Los Ultimos Golpes Del Torete¨, ¨Yo el Vaquilla¨, mostly realized by Jose Antonio De La Loma , ¨Navajeros , "Colegas", "El Pico 2" by Eloy De La Iglesia and especially ¨Deprisa , Deprisa¨ by Carlos Saura and later ¨La Estanquera De Vallecas ¨ , among others . Seen today, his films are unique documents on how life was lived and perceived during that period . These films were notorious in the years of the Spanish transition to democracy including provoking and polemic issues and played by unknown young people . Drugs , delinquency, and generational problems are the habitual subjects in these films and specially dedicated to the underworld of heroin and a very realistic look . In "Barrio" there is a similar premise , as some unfortunate as well as hapless teenagers from lower class living hardly in Madrid streets , then they carry out tiny crimes and misdemeanors and go into a closed shop with unexpected consequences . We see their troubles with parents , brothers and police , at the same time growing in such streets , slums or "barrio" from Madrid outskirts and some fine locations . The director creates a sort of Spanish Neo-Realism by tackling the Spanish way of life of a group of teenagers in the streets from a sociological point of view ; being rightly portrayed the city of Madrid of the late 90s , in the so-called popular neighbourhoods . His style is pretty much urban and realistic as well in the atmosphere as in the fresh dialog and attempted to take a position in favor of outcast people . Filmmaker Fernando Leon shows the ugliness of those "barrios" , toughness and cold existence along with some nice scenes when the boys assemble themselves and deal with jokes , sex , dirty humor and tiny thefts . The main cast is pretty well , including young and rookie actors . The support cast is formed by experienced players such as Alicia Sánchez as Carmen , Enrique Villén as Ricardo as Francisco Algora as Ángel and Chete Lera as Pólice Inspector .

Colorful and evocative cinematography by Alfredo Mayo , being filmed on location in Madrid . Atmospheric as well as lively musical score plenty of catching songs . The motion picture was professionally directed by Fernando León De Aranoa, realizing in realistic style , and being recently available for the first time in the U.S . Fernando León De Aranoa was born on May 26, 1968 in Madrid, location where he often shoots his flicks . Fernando began working in cinema in the 90s filming shorts and writing screenplays, and has realized a few films , usually dramas . He is a nice writer and director, known for Familia (1996) , Princesas (2005) , Barrio (1998), Amador (2010) , Sabina (2011) and his best picture Los Lunes al Sol or Mondays in the sun (2002).


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