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Bola
Pablo Galán ...
Alfredo
Alberto Jiménez ...
José
Manuel Morón ...
Mariano
Ana Wagener ...
Laura
Nieve de Medina ...
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Gloria Muñoz ...
Aurora
Javier Lago ...
Alfonso
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Soledad Osorio ...
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Alfonso Vallejo ...
Vecino
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Birras
Juan Carlos Martín ...
Sebas
Máximo Jiménez ...
Cobeta
Miguel Ángel Gutiérrez ...
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El Bola, a 12 year old boy a.k.a. "Pellet" is a 12 year old boy raised in a violent and sordid environment. Embarrassed by his family life, he avoids becoming close to classmates. The arrival of a new boy at school changes his attitude towards his classmates, and friendship. The heart of the story is the change in El Bola's life, at almost all levels, after befriending this new classmate. Written by ElianaM

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Deeply moving story of a secrets, lies, and the power of friendship.
1 December 2002 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Great film. You'll recall classics like Truffaut's 400 BLOWS. There are scenes of such warmth and such brutal stillness, it made me want to reach into the screen and affect the course of these characters lives. A lot of assumptions I made about these characters were challenged along the way. It's rare that a film actually teaches you something about yourself. Phenomenal cast and director who deserved the Best Director and 5 Goya (Spanish Oscars) the film received. El Bola's abusive father was played to a perfect pitch by Manuel Moron as a cold, abusive father, turned sheepish when the outside world learns of his transgressions against his own son. You want to strangle him! Turns out it was a Spanish indie underdog that upset a lot of larger, bigger Spanish films. Like the other reviews say, be prepared to laugh, cry, and become infuriated. Definitely a film to check out and a director to watch!!!


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