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Cobardes (2008)

A young victim of bullying at school realizes that even the adult world is dominated by fear similar to his own. He pays a high price when he decides to fight back.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eduardo Garé ...
Gabriel
Eduardo Espinilla ...
Guille
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Merche
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Joaquín
...
Guillermo
Paz Padilla ...
Magdalena
Frank Crudele ...
Silvano
Blanca Apilánez ...
Tutora
Ariadna Gaya ...
Carla
Javier Bódalo ...
Chape
Gorka Zubeldia ...
Leo
Albert Baulies ...
Jan
Carla Tous ...
Ruth
Francisco Vidal ...
Bedel
Jordi Boixaderas ...
Javier
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Gaby, a red-haired 14-year-old in Barcelona, suffers constant thefts and beatings from Guille and his pitiless gang of four. As the relevant parents tip-toe around the periphery and engage in their own useless life-games of power-plays themselves, the owner of Gaby's favorite pizzeria -- a secret mafioso boss -- may have a hint that could change things radically. Written by Anonymous

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25 April 2008 (Spain)  »

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Daily fears and loneliness
29 April 2008 | by (Europe) – See all my reviews

Only last week a friend said that school-time bullying in preadolescence or adolescence leaves a scar for a life-time. To be bullied in a phase in life when you are full of insecurities and your self-esteem and self-image are just shaping themselves, to be bullied by your peers is a terrible burden. It's a cowardly act by cowards who make their best to make you a coward.

Cobardes is not a happy movie. It is not an easy movie. It has quite a pessimistic under-tone that reflects our time of disconnected families and media violence. It has no winners and a plenty of losers. There is no black and white here but a general sense of shades of depressive grey. It manages to avoid cheap moralism and unnecessary preaching and instead delivers a conclusion that we all fear for something/someone and we are all ready to misuse power over those that are vulnerable to us.

Cobardes might not be as fresh, small and beautiful as the previous movie by the directors. It's much more a product, professionally made and very well acted that might lack in passion but gives food for though. The (inner) world of adolescents is always a mystery not only to themselves but to the people around them. The script has its flaws and imperfections but that is overruled by the impressive work by the actors, especially the young ones. They manage to give a face and presence to some uneasy feelings and play well with our sympathies. The movie has rhythm and a polemic, but excellent ending. It is not a masterpiece and doesn't pretend to be that but it is one of the very few, if any, well done movies on a difficult and merging theme that hopefully connects with the young audience and makes them reflect on this issue.


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