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Barrio (1998)

Not Rated | | Drama | 2 October 1998 (Spain)
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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Críspulo Cabezas Críspulo Cabezas ... Rai
Timy Benito Timy Benito ... Javi (as Timy)
Eloi Yebra Eloi Yebra ... Manu
Marieta Orozco ... Susi
Alicia Sánchez ... Carmen
Enrique Villén ... Ricardo
Francisco Algora ... Ángel
Chete Lera ... Inspector de policía
Claude Pascadel Claude Pascadel ... Abuelo de Javi
Pedro Miguel Martínez ... Vecino
Daniel Guzmán ... Chico bar de copas
Lluvia Rojo ... Chica bar de copas
Nicolas Abraham Nicolas Abraham ... Hermano de Rai
Concha Gómez Conde 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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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Spain | France

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

2 October 1998 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Barrio - Külvárosi utcák See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

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Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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References Baywatch (1989) See more »

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Written by Palmer Hernández
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Well intended, good moments, but doesn't quite add up to enough
13 October 2016 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Decent drama/comedy/melodrama about three 15 year old best friends growing up in Madrid's Barrio. Well intended, never boring, but not quite enough of anything.

Not gritty or real enough to work as neo-realism -- it's hard to believe 15 year old street boys are as naive as these characters about sex and life itself – they sometimes come off like they should be pre-teens, or part of the far more protected classes.

The acting is solid, and the banter between the kids has a real, often funny feel, but that's not enough to transcend. And the number of convenient melodramatic twists finally overloads the last third, and makes it hard to be really moved.

Well shot and intelligent, I just wish it was deeper, or funnier, or something. Grew a bit on 2nd viewing, but not enough to own a copy for me.


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